Spring’s warmth has been blossoming these past few months, and the growing heat of summer lay just ahead. Summertime is when we indulge in our most beloved outdoor activities, such as lounging around the pool or visiting our local lake. Swimming is a very healthy activity, doing great things for almost every part of our body. One area that could potentially suffer, however, is our oral health. The chemicals used to treat pools, such as chlorine, can have consequences for the condition of our teeth. Keep reading to find out the risks and how they can be mitigated below.
Taking Care Of Your Teeth While Swimming This Summer
Whether you’re diving into the beautiful clear waters of the Bow River at Prince’s Island Park or are enjoying a swim at the Beltline Aquatic & Fitness Center, it’s important that you take steps to protect your teeth this summer. While fitness centers have the waters of their pools managed by professionals, you can still see consequences if you spend too long in the water. When doing any swimming this summer, consider the following:
- Chlorine – When the enamel of your teeth is exposed to chlorine, it can cause this durable material to soften. Be sure that you have your home pool tested by a professional, and limit the time spent in chemically treated pools to less than six hours a day. Adding fluoride fortified toothpaste can also help.
- Swimmer’s Calculus – Overly acidic water is another risk to the dental health of swimmers. It can break down your saliva and produce a residue similar to plaque or tartar that is brownish-yellow in hue. Rinsing regularly with fresh water can help prevent this while swimming.
- Swimming Safety – Take care in and around the water, as surfaces tend to be slippery. Avoid running, wear water shoes, and consider getting a mouthguard to wear while swimming to ensure you protect your teeth.
Each of these is a risk faced by swimmers every time they hit the water. While swimming is a fantastic way of protecting your overall health, a few extra steps will ensure you’re not doing any harm to your health while enjoying the water. Whether you’re hitting the river, swimming in mountain pools, or just lounging outside in your best friend’s pool, you want to be sure you’re going to end the summer with a smile as beautiful as you came in with.
Get Ready For An Action-Packed Summer
Take a little extra consideration for your teeth while getting out in the sun and water this summer. In addition to the risks above, you’re going to be tempted with acidic carbonated drinks, sweet treats, and adventures in the great outdoors. While you’re out making the most of your summer, be sure to keep your toothpaste and brush close at hand and stop in to see your dentist. They’ll be able to give you great advice about taking care of your teeth while living your summer to the fullest. Consider calling today to schedule a pre-summer visit to your dental professional.