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Swimming, diving, soccer, softball. Four good reasons to get outdoors and make the most of the extra sunshine of summer. But forewarned is forearmed, at least in terms of the safety of your smile.

According to deltadentalins.com, some popular summer sports – such as swimming and softball – can expose your teeth to danger.

A recent article shared tips for participants in all four sports, among others. Here’s one:

PROBLEM: Frequent swimmers (more than 6 hours per week) may be at risk for developing yellowish-brown or dark brown stains on their teeth. Pool water contains chemical additives, which give the water a higher pH than saliva. As a result, salivary proteins break down quickly and form organic deposits on teeth. These hard, brown deposits, known as “swimmers’ calculus,” appear most frequently on the front teeth.

SOLUTION: Swimmers’ calculus can normally be removed by a professional dental cleaning.

Find out about the “tooth squeeze” scuba divers experience, and how to avoid it. Also, learn which mouthguard solution is best for you. Read the full story at:

http://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/sportsinjuries.html