Irish swimmer awarded 35,000 euro by court after breaking teeth in

By - Bad Breath Expert

SUMMARY:  Swimming is a great exercise but can do damage to your teeth either over time or during an accident.

Posted: May 18, 2015

A woman was recently awarded 35,000 euro, just under $40,000, in damages after breaking her two front teeth while diving into a pool at an Irish fitness club. Timea Babos claimed that when she dived into the pool she hit her face on the ground because it wasn't deep enough, according to the Irish Times. According to Babos, no one was on staff around the pool to notify her if the pool was too shallow and when she came back up she had to go all the way to the receptionist for help with her injury. 

Babos' argument was that if there was a lifeguard or staff member on site at the pool in the West Wood Club in Dublin, or if it had been properly labeled that no diving was allowed, she wouldn't have done it and caused accidental harm to herself. 

Babos informed her counsel, Gavin Mooney, that the incident occurred on Nov. 13, 2011, after she used the club's sauna and hot tub facilities on a guest pass. Planning to travel to Canada for the holidays in coming weeks, Babos flew to Hungary to be fitted for crowns the next day after the accident. 

According to the Times, The fitness club's counsel, Kerry Jane Morgan, asked Babos about her own swimming techniques, citing that they may have been the cause of the incident and not the depths of the pool. Babos informed her that she took lessons on swimming and diving while in school in her native Romania, so this couldn't have been the case. 

After hearing from both sides, and a forensic engineer who said the pool "unusually" didn't have a deep end, Judge Jacqueline Linnane awarded Babos for damages and found that she wasn't guilty of contributory negligence, which was the argument of the West Wood Club.

Swimming safety
Even though it may be the last thing you think about while swimming, spending time in pools or large bodies of water can be damaging to your teeth. And it doesn't have to happen in an accident like Timea Babos in Dublin.

It has been found that pools that are too acidic can lead to the loss of tooth enamel that protects teeth from bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. This can lead to the collection of organic deposits that will appear to be brown spots on the surface of teeth. 

If you prefer to do your swimming in the sea through scuba diving, you should also be aware of potential tooth damage. Barodontalgia, more commonly known as "divers mouth syndrome," is the name for the sensation of pressure building up in a diver's jaw, according to Delta Dental. This is a result of the pressure change that takes place during deep sea dives affecting cavities, gum disease, a temporary filling or periodontal abscess. 

The best way to prevent "divers mouth syndrome" is to visit your dentist before you go diving to make sure that everything is as it should be and there's nothing outstanding. The removal of brown spots from teeth as a result of pools with highly acidic levels is something that can be taken care of with routine teeth cleaning.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please Note: The material on this site is provided for informational purposes only.  Always consult your health care professional before beginning any new therapy.

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