The days are getting hotter, and with summer in full swing, you’ve probably been swimming at least a few times lately. But did you know that a swimming pool can damage your teeth? The damage in question here is not an accidental slip that results in a blow to a tooth or teeth. Instead, it’s the result of the water itself. Here are a few things you should know about your pool before you jump in.
Pool Water and Enamel Loss
In a recent study, researchers from NYU assessed a case in which a man had suffered rapid enamel loss and staining to his teeth in a very short time span of five months. After looking into the circumstances of those five months, the researchers found that the damage to the man’s teeth coincided with his implementation of a new fitness regimen that involved 90 minutes of swimming in his privately owned pool. Further research revealed that the pool in question contained water that was improperly maintained. It had an improper pH balance, and the researchers determined that the acidic water was responsible for the enamel loss and staining.
Protecting Your Teeth This Summer
If you own a pool, you probably know how time-consuming its maintenance can be. However, the results of the recent NYU study illustrate just how important pool maintenance can be. Thus, be sure to exercise diligence in your pool maintenance this summer, and if you are unfamiliar with proper maintenance practices, consult a professional in your area. With the proper precautions, you will be able to enjoy your pool all summer long without subjecting your teeth to damage.
Visit Your Williamsburg Dentist
A number of other factors can also cause damage to teeth. Therefore, to protect your teeth, it is important to follow a thorough homecare regimen and to attend regular dental visits every six months. If you are due for a dental cleaning, contact our dental office today at 757-645-4055 to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve patients in Williamsburg and the surrounding areas.