Swimming And Oral Health

HERE’S NOTHING BETTER than a swim in the pool to cool down during the hot summer months. Before we dive in, we should be aware of how our time in the pool can impact our oral health. That’s right: the chlorine in swimming pools doesn’t just cause dry skin and eye irritation, it can also have an effect on our teeth.

Chlorine Versus Our Teeth

The reason swimming pools contain chlorine is that it helps to decontaminate the water from microbes and other unpleasant things that could pose health and sanitation risks to swimmers. However, when chlorine is added to water, it forms a weak acid, and unless the pool’s pH isn’t carefully regulated, that acid can lead to a condition called swimmer’s calculus.

Swimmer’s calculus is yellow and brown stains that can develop on teeth enamel after too much exposure to chlorine. It’s also what can make our teeth feel more sensitive after swimming, because enamel erosion leaves the dentin underneath more vulnerable. When we have good oral health, our saliva works to keep our mouths as close to a neutral pH as possible, thus protecting our enamel from erosion, but acid exposure can harm enamel before the saliva can do its job.

This isn’t usually a problem for casual swimmers, but anyone who is a serious swimmer or participates in water sports should be aware of the possibility of developing swimmer’s calculus. The best ways to prevent chlorine damage to your teeth are to maintain a good oral health routine with daily brushing and flossing, drink plenty of fresh water to flush out the chlorine residue, and keep your mouth closed while swimming!

Dental Concerns Of Scuba Diving

If swimming pools aren’t your thing but you love snorkeling and diving, your teeth will be safe from the effects of chlorine, but they may still face other problems. Barodontalgia, commonly called tooth squeeze, is when tiny air bubbles trapped in cracks, crevices, and holes in our teeth change size due to pressure. This pressure change can result in significant tooth pain and can even fracture teeth! If you are having tooth pain when diving you may need some maintenance on your dental work.

Most divers are familiar with how uncomfortable those “one size fits none” mouthpieces can be, but do you know they can be bad for your teeth? Divers with poorly-fitting mouthpieces have to clench to keep them in place, and this can lead to Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), which causes jaw pain and headaches and makes it uncomfortable to chew. If you’re a frequent diver, you might want to invest in a custom-fitted mouthpiece. Visit our Knoxville dentist today!

Take time to cool off this summer! You deserve it!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

What Makes Our Smiles Unique

Every person is born with their own unique smile. Some smile with all of their teeth, some only show the top row, and some don’t show their teeth at all, and a smile can come in all shapes and sizes and still be genuine. We can also end up with smiles that look a lot like our family members’ smiles even if we have very different faces. How does this happen? What gives our smiles their shapes and makes them shine?

The Structure Of A Smile

Part of the way we smile is of course based on our personalities. Some people laugh easily, while others maintain an unbreakable poker face. Some people’s smiles light up their whole faces, spreading from ear to ear and changing the shape of their eyes. Others are less dramatic, even if their smiles are sincere.

Another component is our genes. We inherit facial features and even the some of the shapes of our facial muscles (which control our expressions) from our parents. We also all have unique teeth, which is why people can be identified by their dental records. Nobody else has teeth shaped and aligned exactly the way yours are!

The Role Of Oral Health

Essentially, our individual smiles are one part personality, one part genetics, and one part oral health and hygiene. The color of our teeth plays a big role in the impression our smiles make, as does the health of our gums.

When we know our teeth and gums look good, it makes it easier to unleash our full smiles because we aren’t worried about how people will react. Taking good care of your teeth and gums by maintaining good oral health habits like brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will ensure that your smile always looks its best!

Gummy And Toothy Smiles

In some cases, smiles are either very “gummy” or very “toothy.” This can happen because of the way our lips pull back over our teeth and gums, which is perfectly normal. However, some gummy smiles are the result of abnormal eruption of the teeth, leaving an undesirable tooth/gum ratio.

Likewise, some toothy smiles are the result of gum recession, where the jaw bone wears away and the gum tissue draws back, exposing the roots of the teeth. There are many options for patients with gummy or toothy smiles, including same-day laser treatments, surgical lip repositioning, braces, surgical sculpting of the gum tissues, and gum grafting.

What Can We Do For Your Smile?

If your teeth are stopping you from sharing your smile as much as you want to, come see us. Whether the problem is overgrown or receding gums, tooth decay, or misalignment, together we can make a plan to get your smile to what you’ve always wanted it to be! Visit our dentist in Knoxville today!

Make someone’s day by sharing your smile!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Cabinets and Tile

This week is about

Still not sure when we will make the move but I’m hoping for the beginning of Aug.  Of course I will let you know as soon as I know.


The cabinets are starting to go in, which is one of the last things to do in the renovations. This is the Sterilization and General Storage area which will be the only place with white cabinets.  All the others will be in a bamboo wood laminate. So far, only one of them needs adjustment.

After that there will be minor electrical and plumbing to finish as well as the final coats of paint.


The tile mix-up has been resolved and I think the result looks great.  The darker tile on the floor was definitely the way to go.  It’s just so darn pretty.

Packing … ugh

I don’t know about you but packing is not on my list of fun.  However, it’s better to get as much done ahead of time as possible so we’re filling up boxes whenever we have a spare moment.  Wendy is an adamant organizer so we are decluttering as we go.  She’s gotten me to let go of a lot of stuff.  Thank you Wendy.

This last bit before we get Our Certificate of Occupancy is a bit nerve racking because the changes are small so it seems to slow down.  But moving everything will be CRAZY busy and exhausting so we need to relish the down time now.

Hope all of you are having a wonderful summer and will be happy and healthy in the week to come. Visit our dentist in Knoxville today!

Terrie Cribbs

Our First Hiccup

We still don’t have our move in date yet (and you’ll see why below) but stay tuned, as soon as I know so will you.

We are working on the finishes now and we’ve had our first hiccup

It was bound to happen, a mistake and time delay.  The wrong flooring tile was ordered due to a keystroke error and now we are going to have to make a switch.  Hopefully this is a minor error and won’t take to long to correct. But this is exactly why I haven’t been able to give a date yet for when we will actually make the move over to the new space.

Thank goodness I like to photograph everything, it made it so easy to show our flooring guy the mistake.  The top two pictures were taken in a different light but the small dark strip going across the two tiles is actually the same color.  The picture on the  right shows the wall tile (solid color) and the flooring tile (variegated color) are almost the same color with the grout color (small strip) being much darker.  The picture on the left shows the small strip and the flooring tile (darker variegated) being much closer in color which provides a nice contrast to the wall tile (solid color).  I really like contrast so we are going to have to get the right tile ordered.

I thought you might like to see the designer’s drawing of the front desk to see how close reality eventually comes to the idea. I hope it’s very close because I really like the concept drawing.  What do you think?

In the meantime, we are busy packing all non-essential stuff (like all my books) and decluttering.  I found a misplaced jacket and one of my favorite umbrellas last Friday while decluttering the back room.  Not as good as finding money in a pocket during wash day but I’ll take it.

Have a great week and be happy! Visit our dentist in Knoxville today!

Warm regards,

Terrie Cribbs

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