Are you a swimmer? If so, your season is just starting. If you want a top-notch smile during swim season, then you need to keep your teeth and gums in mind. This is important because there are habits and behaviors that can affect your smile while you swim and compete. Our dentist, Dr. Sherif Gabr, encourages you to avoid those habits and behaviors as much as possible. Those are:
-Drinking sports drinks: Whether you believe it or not, sports drinks can cause cavities. This is because they are loaded with sugar. It’s best to avoid drinking sports drinks and drink water instead. If you absolutely have to drink a sports drink, make sure to chase it with water and clean your smile as soon as possible.
-Not protecting your teeth from the chlorine: Chlorine can cause tooth sensitivity, dark tooth stains and tooth transparency. It’s important to protect your teeth from chlorine by keeping your mouth closed under water as much as possible as well as scheduling an extra dental cleaning and fluoride treatment at our office before you get too deep into your season.
-Not keeping up on oral hygiene: Although swim practices and meets can be exhausting, that doesn’t mean you should excuse taking care of your smile when you get home. Make sure to brush twice a day, floss once a day and rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily.
If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to have a healthy smile during swim season, please reach out to Modern Dentistry of New England at your earliest convenience. When you dial 860-582-4485, our dental team will be more than happy to help you.