Posted by: Javier Portocarrero
Mesa, Arizona offers a plethora of family-friendly attractions to keep both kids and adults busy this summer; these attractions include the likes of waterparks and community swimming pools. However, ABC News reporter Emily Main warns that those who love to take frequent pool dips may eventually contract tooth enamel problems.
“In this recent paper, dentists from the New York University College of Dentistry analyzed the case of a 52-year-old man who complained of sensitive teeth, dark tooth staining, and enamel loss that came on quickly and had lasted for just five months. The only logical explanation for these sudden changes the researchers could pinpoint was his newly adopted, 90-minutes-per-day swimming routine.
Damage to tooth enamel occurs when the pH balance of swimming pool water drops too low, or becomes too acidic. If you’ve ever been to a pool and your eyes start to water or your nose burns just from smelling the pool water, that’s due to low pH (not necessarily too much chlorine). When the pH drops too low, the water becomes corrosive and can stain surfaces like teeth, and irritate your skin.”
However, people shouldn’t take this to mean that they should stop swimming in pools altogether just to avoid tooth enamel loss. If they intend to continue enjoying this well-loved summer activity, they merely have to adopt healthy dental habits like brushing and flossing regularly and seeing an experienced Mesa dentist at least once every six months. They can also consider the options below to prevent further erosion.
Teeth bonding is basically spackling paste for the teeth because it fills in small cracks, minor holes, and slight defects. The resin material (composite resin, in some cases) is applied to the affected areas where it will be molded and smoothed to the desired shape and texture. Afterward, laser or ultraviolet light is used to harden the bonding material. This option is also ideal for fixing oddly shaped teeth or discolored teeth.
Dental crowns are an ideal option for those whose teeth bear extremely visible signs of damage, like large holes or gaps. Crowns, also known as caps, restore the appearance and function of natural teeth. To make room for crowns, dentists will have to slightly file down the affected teeth. Temporary crowns are then placed before the real ones are.
What better way to enjoy Arizona’s summer weather than to take a dip in the cool pool? While swimming activities can pose a problem to the health of one’s teeth enamel, a highly qualified dentist in Mesa, AZ like one from Alluring Smiles offers ways to restore the beauty and function of your natural teeth.
(Source: Going Swimming? Guard Your Teeth, abcnews.go.com, July 15, 2011)