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The summertime is prime time for outdoor activities, especially our favorite warm weather and contact sports.  Chances are you’ll take a dive at your local pool or participate in a game of beach volleyball while catching some rays this summer.  Here are some ways to ensure that your teeth stay in tip-top shape.

  • If you swim often, your teeth are constantly exposed to the chemicals in the pool.  Because of these chemicals, pool water has a higher pH.  After a while, these chemicals can have an adverse effect on your teeth causing them to develop organic deposits on the teeth.  The best way to prevent build up on your teeth is to get your teeth cleaned regularly.
  • If you scuba dive, diving can lead to gum tissue problems, jaw pain, and “tooth squeeze”.  In order to prevent issues like these, it is important to make sure that you have a properly fitting air regulator.
  • Though mouth guards are not necessary for many contact sports, it’s better to be safe than sorry.  Mouth guards prevent mouth cuts, jaw injuries, tooth damage, and damage to any orthodontic work.
  •  Limit your sports drinks intake.  Sports drinks contain a high amount of sugar and citric acid, which is not good for your teeth.  Try replacing your sports drinks with a sugar free drink or water.
  • If you have braces, ask your orthodontist to make you a special mouth guard.  The mouth guards for orthodontic patients are slightly different from regular mouth guards.

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