When people think of “pool safety,” they don’t necessarily think about their teeth. However, when you consider all that concrete and tile, combined with the rough play that typically goes on in the pool, it’s not surprising that a significant number of dental emergencies happen there! Here’s how to avoid having to visit an emergency dentist this summer.
Slippery surfaces and hard concrete decks are a recipe for accidents that could end with a chipped or broken tooth. If you are the pool owner, you can minimize the chance of accidents by treating your lanai with a non-skid coating. If you have small children, you might also want to consider adding an alarm that alerts you whenever someone approaches the pool edge.
If children are using the pool, it is important that an adult be present at all times to supervise. Supervision can help prevent the roughhousing that often leads to accidents; it will also reduce the chance of drowning. Teach your kids never to enter the pool when no one is at home.
It’s important that kids know they should never run around the pool; never dive into the shallow end of the pool; never dive onto toys or pool floaties; and never dive into the pool headfirst under any circumstances. Additionally, moving toys like tricycles should be kept away from the poolside at all time.
When the pH level of a pool falls below seven, it means that the chlorine is strong enough to erode your tooth enamel. This erosion can lead to discoloration and tooth sensitivity, and can make your teeth weaker and more vulnerable to chipping, cracking, or breaking. If your children are spending all day, every day in the pool, it’s important to make sure that your pH levels are balanced, to preserve skin, eye, and tooth health.
If you’re using a public or community pool, keep an eye out for signs that the pool water is too acidic. If you notice that the pool’s linings, railings, and ladders are eroding, there’s a good chance that overly acidic water is wearing them down, and it will do the same to your teeth.
We hope that these pool safety tips will help keep your smile and your childrens’ smiles safe this summer. However, if you find yourself in need of an emergency dentist, Hudson Family Dentist can help fixed cracked, chipped, or broken teeth in a hurry. Our Hudson, NC family dentistry is also open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday. You can see full office hour details and schedule an appointment here.