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Swimming Pools Can Harm Teeth

It might be cost-effective to maintain your own swimming pool, but it could be harming your oral health.

Research, which was done by a team of experts at the New York University College of Dentistry, found that improperly maintained chlorine and pH levels in pools can quickly and severely cause the erosion of dental enamel. Their research was based on a 52-year-old man who had a daily routine of swimming for 90 minutes. Very quickly his teeth became extremely sensitive, had dark staining to them, and had a severe loss of enamel.

An improperly maintained pH level causes serious problems to teeth and the damage is irreversible. The reason behind this is that the lower the pH, if it drops below 5.5, teeth will erode due to the high acidity. When your teeth are exposed to acid, the acid eats away at the enamel and causes decay.

So, before hosting that pool party, have someone come and checkout the pool pH levels just to be safe.

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/mouth-and-teeth-anatomy/article/ada-05-swimming-pools-can-cause-enamel-erosion-and-tooth-sensitivity

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