Your Pool, Your Teeth

Is your swimming pool safe for your teeth?  Did you know that if your pool chlorination level is not properly maintained it can cause erosion of dental enamel.  Proper pool chlorine and pH levels need to be monitored weekly.  If the pH of the pool water ranges between 2.7 and 7, the teeth enamel can erode due to contact with the water.

A recent clinical report by professors at NYU is based on a patient who presented with sensitive teeth, dark stains and rapid enamel loss.  The researchers concluded that the condition was a result of his 1 1/2 hour daily swim.  The patient did not use a professional pool maintenance service but maintained his own pool.

The Center for Disease Control and several dental journals have noted cases of enamel erosion due to excess swimming pool chlorination but this is an issue of which the public is largely unaware.  So check out your pool and save your enamel.

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