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Protect Your Smile from Swimming Pools this Summer
With the summer quickly approaching, your family likely has big plans to spend some quality time at the local swimming pool. What people often don't realize is that swimming pools can cause some major oral health problems. Keep this information in mind when you are swimming this summer.

The Problem with Pool Water
First, it is important to note that not every swimming pool is bad for your teeth. The problem occurs when the pH level becomes too acidic (low pH). Ideally the pH should stay in the 7.2-7.8 range. If the pH level drops below 7.2, the water will begin to become corrosive, and it can affect your body - including your teeth. When it comes to your oral health, this can lead to enamel erosion.

The Signs of a Problem
There are two main signs that your swimming pool is causing trouble with your teeth - increased sensitivity and the appearance of brown spots on your teeth. If you notice either of these symptoms, it is important that you visit your dentist for treatment. If you are swimming in a backyard swimming pool at your own home, you'll also want to take steps to ensure that the pH stays at a safe level to prevent future problems.

The enamel of your teeth is extremely important, as it will protect your tooth from bacteria, decay, and damage. If pool water causes the enamel to erode, your teeth will be at risk for a host of problems. Talk to us today if you are concerned about your oral health.

Three Ways You Are Harming your Smile - And Don't Know It
We all want to keep our teeth healthy and beautiful. You likely know how important it is to brush and floss your teeth regularly, but you also need to be aware of some ways that you could be harming your teeth:

Cough drops. If you take cough drops in order to deal with the symptoms of your cold, you could be putting your teeth at risk of developing cavities.
Snacking. By snacking all day, your teeth will be exposed to bacteria and acid pretty consistently, which could increase your risk of developing decay.
Dehydration. Rehydrating is important in order to keep your mouth moist, which helps to rinse away bacteria and harmful acids in the mouth.

Do you have additional questions about how you can keep your mouth healthy? Talk to our office today.

Four Signs You Need to See a Dentist This Summer
Don't let dental problems ruin your summer. If you experience any of these problems during the warmer months, you should be sure to make an appointment with us:

Tooth pain. Even if your tooth pain subsides within a couple of days, you should be sure to visit us as soon as possible, as decay or an infection may be present.
White spots. If you notice white spots on your teeth, this could be the sign of tooth decay, which needs to be treated.
Sensitivity. If your teeth are extremely sensitive when eating a popsicle or drinking a cup of coffee, you should discuss your concerns with us.
Sores that won't go away. If you experience a canker sore, it should go away on its own in a week or so. If it doesn't, set up an appointment with our office as soon as possible.

Call our office today if you experience these or any other problems that have you concerned.

Dr. Asai and his highly trained team would love to hear from you and answer your questions. Simply click the "submit question" link below this message. Referrals are appreciated.

Asai Dentistry | | 503-646-4600
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