Summertime is the season we smile most. How could we not? We typically get to take a vacation. The sun is out and shining. Flowers are in full bloom. It’s magical. However, there is one fun summer activity that can sneakily affect your teeth.
Swimming, the hallmark activity of a hot day, is great exercise, but may not be the best sport for your teeth according to research out of the New York University College of Dentistry. Pool water that is excessively chlorinated (think public pools) can erode and stain your teeth enamel. High amounts of chlorine lowers the pool’s pH level, making it acidic and that acid with repeated exposure over time can cause hard, brown tartar deposits and work to dissolve your teeth. If you’ve ever been to a pool and your eyes start to water or your nose burns from simply smelling the pool water, the pH is very low.
If you swim often, try and keep your mouth closed underwater and drink a glass of fresh water after you get out of the pool to neutralize the acid. You can also buy pool pH test strips. You want the pH level of the pool you are swimming in between 7.2 and 7.8.
If you notice new stains, talk to your cosmetic dentist about whitening options.
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