Chlorine in Swimming Pools Can Damage Tooth Enamel

chlorine1After a long Michigan winter, there’s nothing that says “Summer” like a dip in the backyard pool. But did you know that while the chlorine in swimming pool water kills harmful bacteria, its high acid content can also weaken tooth enamel.

According to experts at the New York University College of Dentistry, improperly maintained backyard swimming pools can cause severe and rapid erosion of your tooth enamel. In some cases, the damage can be permanent.

chlorine2Proper pool chlorine and pH levels need to be monitored and maintained on a weekly basis. If they are not, you could experience a number of oral health issues including moderate sensitivity, discoloration, rounded teeth, cracks and severe sensitivity.

Furthermore, brushing your teeth shortly after you’ve been swimming can increase the damage the chlorine does to your teeth.

Here’s a simple rule to follow: Wait at least an hour after you’ve gotten out of the pool before you brush your teeth.

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