How to Protect Your Teeth While Swimming
This summer, many of us will escape the heat by swimming and playing in the water.
However, like many sports, swimming can harm your teeth without the right care. In honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month this May, here are ways to protect your teeth and still enjoy the pool all summer long.
- Watch the pH balance: If you have a pool, make sure it is well maintained and pay close attention to the pH balance. If the pH is too low, the water is more acidic and can put you at a higher risk for swimmers’ calculus.
- Prevent swimmers calculus: Swimming in too-acidic pool water can cause proteins in your saliva to break down and leave yellow or brown deposits on your teeth, similar to plaque or tarter (but darker). When you swim, try to keep your mouth closed to limit the contact with pool water. Additionally, rinse your mouth with fresh water after getting out of the pool.
- Enamel and chlorine: Prolonged contact with chlorinated water can also wear down the enamel on your teeth. If you’re swimming a lot this summer, try switching to a toothpaste specifically formulated to strengthen your enamel.
- Practice pool safety: Many dental injuries occur near the pool due to slips and falls. Make sure you and your kids do not run around the pool or dive into shallow areas.