Improper pH Levels in the Pool Can Lead to Tooth Decay!

child-swimmingThe spring and summer aren’t the same without making a visit to the swimming pool! Pool safety topics, including the dangers of sun exposure, are usually reiterated as warm weather appears. Yet, many are unaware of the harmful chemicals in swimming pools that can affect your teeth! According to researchers at the New York University College of Dentistry, swimming pools can erode tooth enamel. Their research was conducted based on a case study of a 52 year-old man who had never examined or maintained the pH balance in his pool. Consequently, his oral health was significantly impacted. He developed extreme tooth sensitivity and tooth discoloration within a period of five months due to tooth enamel loss.

Chlorine and pH levels should be examined weekly in order to maintain a suitable swimming environment. If a pool is not properly maintained, your oral health can suffer dramatically. Whether you are cooling off in your own backyard pool, a friend’s pool, or a community pool, it is important to pay close attention to your oral health. An ideal pool pH level should fall between 7.2 and 7.8. Pool water below this range of pH levels is considered too acidic, which can erode tooth enamel in a short amount of time. The water can stain teeth and irritate your skin and eyes. Also, high pH levels can limit chlorine’s ability to sterilize water, which can cause environmental toxins and bacteria to enter your child’s system. These pools could be putting your family’s dental health at risk for permanent tooth damage.

Is your swimming pool safe for your family’s oral health? Worried about what chemicals might be swimming along with you in your local pool? No worries, there are ways to protect your family from exposure to harmful chemicals and keep your children healthy in the water.

Make sure that enjoying the pool isn’t harming your teeth. Here are a few tips:

  • Inform your family members to keep their mouths closed as much as possible when swimming.
  • Always brush your teeth after swimming to help restore your own pH levels within the mouth.
  • Only swim in a pool if the water looks clear. Cloudy water is a sign of a pool that’s not being properly conserved.
  • Be aware of the pool lining and surrounding metal surfaces to see if there are spots of rust that show acid corrosion.
  • Purchase pool pH test strips at a local pool-supply store. These test strips are portable and easy to carry around to swimming pools and waterparks.
  • Hire a professional pool maintenance service can help ensure proper pH levels. Although the price of hiring a professional pool maintenance service can be costly, your family’s oral health will not pay the price!

Most people jump into swimming pools escape the heat or to burn calories. However, it is important to remember that chlorine not only causes stinging eyes, but also dental erosion!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.PradhanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.



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