Pool Water May Affect Your Smile

June 23, 2015

Girl Smiling in the PoolWith summer now in full swing, you may be looking forward to spending some time in the pool. However, spending too much time in the pool could have corrosive effects on your teeth.

An important part of pool upkeep is maintaining the temperature, chlorine level, and pH level. When the pH level is not properly balanced, your teeth can be exposed to excessive acidity levels.

Many swimmers develop swimmer’s calculus, which reveals itself as hard brown tartar deposits, primarily on the front teeth. It can be difficult to remove without the help of a professional in a deep dental cleaning. In addition, acid from pool water can also eat away at tooth enamel, which can lead to accelerate decay and may increase teeth sensitivity.

If you are a casual pool user, there is no need to worry. We see this more frequently in people who spend a consistent number of hours of day in the pool. One piece of advice is to keep a water bottle nearby the pool and occasionally sip and swish the water around in your mouth.

If you are concerned about tooth decay, it might be a good time to schedule an appointment at South Springs Dental Group.

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