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If you like to spend your days at the pool, indoor or outdoor, for recreation or exercise, then there is a good chance your smile could be in danger. Whether you believe it or not, there are many dental issues that could occur while you swim and play in the water. If you’re not careful, you could experience one or more of the following problems:

Mouth injuries: As you may already know, running by the swimming pool can make you slip and fall. Oftentimes, you can bang your mouth on the concrete and cause major dental injuries. So, please don’t run by the pool. Also, if you play high-contact sports in the water, like water polo or water volleyball, the ball or another hard object can hit your mouth and cause teeth and jaw injuries. It’s best to wear a mouthguard while you play.

Lost dental appliances: If you wear dental appliances, like dentures or a retainer, it’s best to take them out of your mouth before you get into the swimming pool. If you forget, there is a chance you could lose them while you’re swimming. In addition, the chlorine can damage plastic appliances.

Swimmer’s calculus: The longer you’re in chlorinated water, the more likely your teeth are to develop swimmer’s calculus. Swimmer’s calculus is a dental issue that occurs when you spend six or more hours in chlorinated water in a week. The chlorine deposits residue on your teeth and turns them yellow or brown. This can give you a discolored smile and can increase your chances of developing gum disease. If you notice discoloration in your smile, it’s best to call your dentist and schedule an appointment.

Tooth sensitivity: Too much chlorine can cause tooth sensitivity. This is because the chlorine can wear away your tooth enamel and make your teeth brittle and sensitive. This is why it’s important to make sure the chlorine levels in the pool are checked by a professional.

If you take good care of your teeth, gums, and jaws while you’re at the pool, there is a good chance you’ll avoid these dental issues while you swim in Palo Alto, California. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more, please call Chris E. Lindsey DDS at 650-327-3770 at your earliest convenience. Dr. Chris Lindsey and our team look forward to helping you!