Protect Your Teeth When Swimming in Chlorinated Water

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Swimming is one of the great things about summer.  There is nothing like immersing yourself in cool water when it’s hot outside.   It’s also a great way to keep the kids corralled and still let them have a lot of fun.  There is one thing about swimming you may not know.  Swimming pools and water parks may be hazardous to your teeth.

How can that be?

Have you ever jumped into a chlorinated pool and realized the water made your eyes burn?  That means the water PH was not balanced correctly.  When the PH is too acidic the water can actually damage tooth enamel.

So, what can you do?

If you have your own pool, maintain a PH between 7.2 and 7.8  Create a habit of rinsing your teeth with drinking water after swimming.  And, if you are concerned about a public pool, get some inexpensive PH test strips to check it before you swim.

And, when you know the water is safe –  Dive on In!

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6 Risk Factors for Losing Teeth

 

A recent study of almost 1800 patients who had teeth removed revealed several common denominators that were identified as risk factors for losing teeth.  Do any of these apply to you?

  • Male, over 30 years old
  • Smoker
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Arthritis
  • Lack of dental care – 87% had not seen the dentist in the last 6 months

The good news is that you have some level of control over several of these.  If you stopped smoking, took care of your health, and visited your dentist regularly, your risk of losing teeth would greatly diminish.

If you value your teeth and want to take action to save them, we would love to help. If being afraid of dental treatment contributed to your avoiding the dentist, we offer oral sedation dentistry to make your dental visits seem easy.  Just give us a call at (865) 922-1613.