There are a lot of fun outdoor activities to take advantage of during the summer. There are also a lot of fun sports activities to participate in. But during the warmer months, there are also a lot of dental injuries that can occur. Today, we are going to look at the most popular dental injuries during the summer and how to avoid them.
Swimming Too Much Can Cause Dental Injuries
Individuals who frequently swim during the summer are at risk of developing stains on their teeth. That’s because swimmers who are swimming more than six hours a week are exposing their teeth to chemically treated water. Because pools contain chemical additives, the water has a high pH level. Salivary proteins start to break down when constantly exposed to these additives, and deposits on teeth start to form. Brown deposits are known as “swimmers’ calculus,” and it appears the most on front teeth. Try to limit your pool time, and try your hardest not to swallow any pool water.
Dental injuries are very common during scuba diving. Scuba diving can lead to gum tissue problems, jaw joint pain, and pain in the center of your tooth. The air pressure changed in scuba diving and divers biting too hard on air regulators cause the most issues. If a scuba diver has a large cavity, gum disease, an incomplete root canal, or a temporary filling, they are more susceptible to the changes in the air pressure. For older scuba divers, there can sometimes be issues with dentures being swallowed. The best way to prevent these issues from happening is to visit your dentist before planning your scuba trip. Your dentist can make sure your dental health is up to par, and they can advise you on whether or not you should go.
Protect Yourself in Contact Sports
During the summer, injuries like a broken tooth can occur frequently from playing contact sports. While it’s not mandatory that players wear mouth guards, every soccer player and anybody playing a contact sport should wear one. Contact sports can not only cause injuries, but it can be very costly for anyone who has had extensive dental work or anyone who wears braces. The Academy of General Dentistry estimates that mouth guards prevent more than 200,000 injuries every year. You can ask your dentist on specific advice on what type of mouth guards will best protect your mouth.
Need a Dentist in Upper Marlboro?
If you need a little extra help making sure you are brushing your teeth properly or just want to know which tube of toothpaste is right for you, you can trust the dental experts at Park Dental. We have many in-house dental plans for your family or yourself to make braces and treatments less financially intimidating and get you the care you need. Ready to make an appointment? Visit us online or give us a call at 301-599-0194. To see some of our dentists and get more oral hygiene tips and information, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.