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Are Your Teeth ”Swimming” in Trouble?

Sometimes tooth damage can be caused by the most unlikely of sources. Recently a man complained to his dentist that his teeth were extremely sensitive, were rapidly picking up stain, and actually losing enamel. After much research, the culprit was found – his swimming pool!

It seemed that he had a daily swimming routine in his backyard pool but didn’t take the time to monitor the chemicals properly. This led to the pool water having a higher than normal acid content, resulting in severe dental damage.

According to Dr. Leila Jahangiri, chairwoman of NYU College of Dentistry Department of Prosthodontics, “Improperly maintained pool chlorination can cause rapid and excessive erosion of dental enamel. It is a difficult balance to maintain home pools properly. Proper pool chlorine and pH levels need to be monitored and maintained on a weekly basis.”

The fact is, we always need to be careful about things that can negatively affect our dental health. Many foods, including healthy fruits and vegetables, are high in acid content. And of course candies, sweets, sodas and sports drinks are loaded with sugar. These foods are all waiting to do a full out assault on your teeth! Brushing more than twice a day, after consuming acidic foods/drinks and aggressive brushing with a hard toothbrush may compromise the tooth surface.

Medications and other factors that can cause dry mouth can also threaten your dental health. And now it seems even a swimming pool can do your teeth harm!

At Crow Family Dentistry, we care about you, your teeth and gums, and your overall health. Please make sure to brush at least two times per day, especially after exposing your teeth to potentially harmful substances. However, it is recommended to wait a minimum of an hour to allow your natural saliva to neutralize the acid attack and for teeth to remineralize. The acids in many foods soften the tooth enamel, making them vulnerable to damage from brushing. Rinsing your mouth with water won’t speed up the process. An hour after meal is enough time for the acids to clear away and the enamel to re-harden.

And don’t forget to floss either! (If you are not sure how to use dental floss or can’t do it comfortably, be sure to ask one of our friendly team members for instructions!).

Most importantly, don’t forget that your regular dental visit is not “just a check-up” – it’s a crucial part of your overall health care.

If you have any questions about this or any other issue, we are here for you! Please give us a call at 425-258-2633. And this winter, for those with access to a heated pool, please enjoy swimming – but don’t forget your pearly whites!

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