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Can Swimming in a Pool Harm Teeth?

June 30, 2023

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An elderly couple swimming in a pool

Given the recent heat, you’ve likely been swimming. The activity can certainly cool you off from these record highs. The next time you take a dip, though, exercise more caution. Swimming in a pool can hurt your teeth if you aren’t careful. That said, reducing this oral risk is possible with the right practices. Your New Braunfels dentist will even tell you about them. So, here’s a summary of chlorine in pools, how it affects teeth, and ways to protect your smile from it.


Context: Pools Contain Chlorine

Among other things, pool water typically contains chlorine. This chemical plays a vital role in modern swimming areas.

Put simply, chlorine protects swimmers from waterborne illnesses. It kills disease-causing germs before they can enter your body. As a result, you’re kept safe from conditions like diarrhea, skin rashes, coughing, and more.

Chlorine’s inclusion in the water supply has greatly helped society. Before it was introduced, drinking water caused diseases that afflicted thousands yearly.

How Does Chlorine Affect Your Teeth?

Despite its upsides, chlorinated pool water isn’t always helpful. It can greatly harm your teeth in some cases.

You see, pools with low pH levels hurt your enamel. The water they contain is so acidic that they wear down your top tooth layers. For that reason, swimming in them can cause severe tooth decay. This latter condition, also called “swimmer’s calculus,” can stain teeth yellow.

In light of these facts, you shouldn’t allow your pool’s pH balance to dip too low. The CDC recommends the levels of treated water be between 7.2 and 7.8. 

How to Protect Teeth from Pool Water

Of course, you can take steps to make pool water safer for teeth. Consider those listed below:

  • Note the linings, railings, and ladders in public pools. Overly-acidic water will eat away at these objects. If they show signs of erosion, therefore, the surrounding pool water will erode teeth.
  • Buy some pH strips at your recreational supply store. These would let you test pool water before your swim. In particular, dip them in the water and see if they show a pH between 7.2 and 7.8.

Swim in a backyard pool instead of a public one. Unlike the latter, the former would let you control the water’s pH balance. You could thus assess its acidity once a week and even have a specialist examine it.

If you don’t take precautions, swimming in a pool can hurt your teeth. Therefore, remember the tips above so your swim goes easy on your pearly whites.

About the Practice

Comal Dental is based in New Braunfels, TX. Led by Drs. Aaron Hang and Sarah Hansen, our practice seeks to give each patient top-quality dental care. To that end, we offer preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services, as well as emergency dentistry procedures. Our team is also a certified provider of ClearCorrect dental aligners. For more information or to book a visit, you can reach us on our website or by phone at (830)-625-1515.

Happy Mother’s Day: 4 Dentist-Approved Gifts for Mom

May 3, 2023

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family celebrating Mother’s Day

The mothers in your life do so much. Their loving smile can brighten your day. They give so much and usually get little in return—what can you do to make Mother’s Day special for these special women?

Although you can get mom some flowers and a heartfelt card, there are other gifts that can help her feel appreciated and loved. Keep reading to learn about four dentist-approved gift ideas to help her smile stay happy and strong.


5 Reasons to Appreciate Your Dental Hygienist

April 4, 2023

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Female dental hygienist smilingAlthough brushing and flossing are effective at preventing cavities and gum disease, they aren’t enough to keep your smile healthy. The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. Your dentist is invaluable to your oral health, but your dental hygienist is equally important. They are more than just a smiling face in the office. They must complete a dental hygienist program, which can take 2-4 years. Their training and experience are assets to your oral health. Here are 5 reasons to appreciate your dental hygienist.


Dental Implants: A Worthwhile Tooth Replacement Option

March 2, 2023

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When it comes to replacing teeth, perhaps no other tooth-restoration solution can even rival dental implants; they’re fully capable of restoring lost pearly whites in terms of look, feel, and functionality. This is an undeniably good thing—yet some people are still a little hesitant to commit to dental implants, let alone any type of dental treatment, due to concerns about cost. That said, you should know that dental implants are absolutely worth their price point! Here’s more from your dentist about why you shouldn’t think twice to restore your smile with dental implants.


Can a Dental Implant Replace a Front Tooth?

February 3, 2023

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Man with a missing front toothNothing is worse than losing a front tooth. No one wants a gap to be the focal point of their smile. Thankfully, you have many options to replace a missing tooth, like a dental implant. It’s unlike any other treatment because it recreates both the root and the crown. It will look and feel natural, so you won’t think twice before showing off your pearly whites. Here’s why a dental implant is worth the investment.


How to Stop Red Wine from Staining Your Teeth This Holiday Season

January 17, 2023

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A glass of red wine being poured

Nothing goes with a holiday dinner like red wine. It’s a drink that pairs uniquely well with both savory entrees and spending time with relatives. However, this drink can also pose significant hazards to your oral health, namely in its ability to stain your teeth. If you want to be able to enjoy a glass of wine with your holiday dinner, here’s how you can do that without discoloring your smile.


Tips to Have a Healthy Thanksgiving for Your Teeth

November 4, 2022

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people drinking red wine during holidays

Getting together with your family and friends for a vast array of delicious foods, what could be better? Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday of many, but to your teeth, it is a journey with concerning, yet avoidable, threats. With some sound decision-making, you can ensure a healthy Thanksgiving for your teeth. Keep reading to get tips from your dentist in New Braunfels.


Can You Get Dental Implants If You’re Pregnant?

October 20, 2022

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Pregnant woman with hands on stomachEvery tooth is crucial for a healthy, beautiful smile. Dental professionals recommend replacing a lost tooth quickly to prevent bone loss and other oral health problems. A dental implant is the most reliable method of treating a missing tooth. As the only treatment to replicate the root and crown, it creates a nearly perfect replica of a real tooth. Most people with good oral and general health are candidates for the procedure, but dental implants during pregnancy can be risky. Although it’s safe to visit a dentist while you’re pregnant, it’s not the best time to get a dental implant. Here’s why you should wait until after your little bundle of joy arrives. 


4 Reasons You Should Soak Your Dentures

September 14, 2022

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Hand holding upper dentureYou rely on your dentures for eating, speaking, and feeling confident about your appearance. You can’t go without your teeth, and you won’t have to if you care for them properly. Although dentures need to be replaced every 5 to 7 years, you can get the most from your investment and prolong their lifespan by keeping your pearly whites clean. Brushing them isn’t enough. Here are 4 reasons why soaking dentures is vital for their life expectancy and your health.


5 Frightening Facts About Your Smile

October 9, 2021

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Shocked woman with hands on her headEveryone loves a good scare, occasionally. Although you enjoy watching horror movies, you don’t expect to be frightened by your smile. Even if your teeth and gums look healthy, there can be serious oral health issues hiding in your mouth. Here are 5 startling facts about your smile that may make you recommit to your dental health.


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Dr. Aaron Haag and his caring, dedicated team offer comprehensive dental care in a unique and relaxing setting. We strive to make your experience in our office as comfortable and productive as possible.

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Dental services for clean, healthy teeth and gums

We believe in offering a wide selection of dental treatments to fix your problem teeth, and to maintain healthy, strong teeth and gums for the long run. From professional, advanced teeth whitening, to restorative dental services like dental implants, we have the dental services you need all under one roof.

Services offered include

  • Cleaning and Prevention
  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Veneers
  • Implants
  • Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Root Canals
  • Sedation Dentistry
  • Tooth Whitening
  • Clear Braces
  • Snoring Appliances
  • TMJ therapy
  • Oral Surgery
  • Emergency Visits

Experience Excellent, Personalized Dental Care at Comal Dental

The dental team of Comal Dental are dedicated to professional dental care. You can look forward to compassionate patient care within a relaxing office atmosphere, as we also offer sedation dentistry.

Our comfortable office offers the very best in dental technique and technology – expressly delivered with your total well being in mind. We work as a coordinated team to bring you the best in oral health care.

For your convenience in addition to normal business hours we are open some evenings by appointment only. We also accept most insurance plans, as well as all major credit cards.

We look forward to meeting you and to helping you achieve optimal oral health.

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Monday thru Friday:
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Evenings & Weekends:
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2660 Common Street
Suite 102
New Braunfels, TX 78130
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