It’s summertime! Which means more people are out enjoying the warm air and sunshine. Kids are out of school which means it is time to hit the pool. We know what it is like to have water in your ear, or forgetting sunblock and getting sunburned. We know it feels like to have chlorine in your hair or having your eyes burn or be hazy due to chlorine. But, have you ever noticed any extra sensitivity in your teeth after a fun afternoon swimming? You aren’t imagining things, though it usually takes more than just one trip to the local pool before there are any effects. But what does swimming have to do with tooth sensitivity?
Chlorine and Your Tooth Enamel
Chlorine is used for keeping pools sanitary for the public to swim in, but it also changes the alkalinity of the water. Acid is known for removing the enamel off of your teeth. Especially for people who suffer from acid reflux. Acid is also found in citrus fruits. If you are exposed to that type of acid a little at a time, there should be no cause for harm. However, if exposed for a prolonged amount of time in the diluted hydrochloric acid pool water, it can wear down the enamel on your teeth which leads to tooth sensitivity.
Scuba Diving, Diving Mouthpieces, and Your Teeth
We just talked about how chlorine can affect your teeth. However, you won’t find that in places that you would normally scuba dive – such as oceans and lakes. Do you know the pressure you feel when you go to the bottom of the deep end? That pressure can not only affect your ears, but it can also affect your teeth. There are tiny air bubbles that can get trapped in your teeth and when you dive deeper, your teeth can change size causing pain and can even fracture your tooth. So before you dive, schedule an appointment with us first. Little air bubbles aren’t all that can cause issues when diving. When you go diving you have to bite down or grip the mouthpiece the entire dive. This can cause pain to your jaw. When clenching for a long period of time, you can actually get TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome. TMJ can be painful, cause headaches, and even make it difficult for you to chew. It is always best to get a custom-fit mouthpiece if you are an avid scuba diver.
We want to help you avoid any potential tooth injuries. Be sure to walk and not run around a wet pool and don’t dive in shallow water. If a tooth injury should occur, we offer emergency appointments.