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Do you like to spend your days at the pool? If so, your smile might not. Unfortunately, there are different dental issues that could occur while you’re at the pool. This means your smile could be in grave danger. You could experience the following problems if you’re not careful:

Swimmer’s calculus: If your teeth are exposed to chlorinated water for a long amount of time, you could suffer from swimmer’s calculus. This occurs when the chlorine deposits residue on your teeth, which can turn the teeth yellow or even brown. This problem can occur if you are in chlorinated water for over six hours in a week.

Tooth sensitivity: Tooth sensitivity can occur because too much exposure to chlorine can wear away your tooth enamel and make your teeth brittle and sensitive. You can avoid this issue by making sure the chlorine levels in the pool are safe.

Mouth injuries: Many mouth injuries can occur at the pool, especially if you’re running on the slippery concrete next to the water. If you fall, there is a chance you can hit your mouth and injure your teeth and jaws. So, please don’t run at the pool. Also, if you play contact water sports, like water polo and volleyball, there is a chance a hard object can hit your mouth and cause an injury. It’s best to protect your smile with a mouthguard.

Lost dental appliances: Remember to take retainers, dentures, and other dental appliances out of your mouth before you swim. This will help you reduce your chances of losing your appliance while you’re in the water. It will also help you reduce your chances of damaging or ruining it.

Call Oak Ridge Dental Group today at 732-341-1120 if you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about how to maintain a healthy smile in Toms River, New Jersey. Dr. Christopher Lillo and our dental team would be thrilled to talk to you and give you the information you’re looking for!