Going Swimming? Shield Your Teeth!

Summer isn’t much fun if you can’t take a few plunges into a swimming pool, but, as we all know, pool water can dry out our skin and hair. What most people don’t know is that it can also permanently stain and erode our teeth.

 One study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology back in 1986, concluded   that, out of 747 competitive swimmers surveyed, 39 percent suffered from enamel erosion of their teeth.

 http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/123/4/641.abstract

 In a more recent paper, in May 2011, dentists from the New York University College of Dentistry reported the case of a 52-year-old man who had complained of his teeth’s sensitivity, staining, and enamel loss—all symptoms that had come on quickly, in about five months. The only sudden change in the man’s routine was his newly adopted, 90-minutes-per-day swimming routine. Upon further inquiry, the researchers learned that the patient did not have professional pool maintenance, and he didn’t know the pH of his pool water. Their conclusion was that the pool water’s pH was to blame for the man’s dental problems.

http://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2011/05/23/is-your-swimming-pool-safe-for-your-teeth.html

So, if you are lucky enough to have a swimming pool in your back yard, it is a good idea to have it maintained professionally. If you do choose to maintain it yourself, use pool pH strips to check the pH level of the water. If you keep the pH number at about 7.2-7.8, you should avoid spoiling your teeth!

3 thoughts on “Going Swimming? Shield Your Teeth!

    1. Thanks for asking!
      Most local pools follow the regulations and comply with daily acidity check. However, when in doubt, you should ask questions or use pH strips for acidity check for the swimming pool.
      Keeping your mouth closed while swimming is the best practice to guard your teeth from chlorine water.
      On a further note, maintaining impeccable oral hygiene consisting of daily brushing, flossing and using fluoride rinse or a paste will be very helpful.
      You should also consult your dentist if you’re a swimming athlete. He or she may suggest that you have custom trays made, which can be filled with fluoride solution. After your swim session, you can wear the trays over your teeth for 1-5 minutes, depends on strength of fluoride used.
      I Hope that this answers your question. Have fun swimming!

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