Swim Much? Your Smile May be Suffering




Whether it’s for fun, exercise, or relaxation, there’s nothing better than a cool dip in a swimming pool to ease the summer heat. But everyone at our dental offices knows about a smile-damaging secret that could be lurking in your favorite pool, & we’d like to share it with you.

Swimming Pools Hurt Teeth? Really?

Yes, really, swimming pools can cause tooth damage which may lead to extensive dental problems. The link between pool water & teeth isn’t a new discovery. Back in the 80s, researchers conducted a study examining competitive swimmers & oral health. Turns out, almost 40% of those studied had some degree of enamel erosion. The more it was researched, the more conclusive the results: swimming pools may cause tooth damage.


Pool water should have a very specific pH level — typically between 7.2 & 7.8. If the pH drops too low, it becomes acidic. Acidic water can have effects on the whole body including burning eyes, skin irritation, & enamel erosion.

Knowing When There’s a Problem

There are two main signs you may be suffering from pool-induced tooth problems. First, new sensitivity could be an indicator of eroding enamel. Once the enamel erodes, tooth roots are left exposed to heat & cold, which can be quite painful. Second is brown spotting on the teeth. This is called swimmer’s calculus, & it’s nearly impossible to remove at home. If you’re noticing signs of a dental problem, call your dentist as soon as possible.

Acidic Water & Tooth Enamel.

Those who spend more time in the pool are more susceptible to enamel erosion. Enamel is the hard, outermost surface of teeth that protects them against bacteria & keeps the inner roots safe. If compromised, teeth are more likely to have decay, cavities, & additional oral health problems.

How to Avoid the Danger

Simply testing pool water before spending extended time in it can go a long way toward ensuring a healthy smile. Purchase some inexpensive pH testing strips & measure the pH prior to diving in.

Additionally, keeping up with regular appointments at our Cherry Hill, Gibbsboro, Linwood, or dental office is the ultimate prevention. Oftentimes, early detection means a faster treatment, which allows you to get back to health & back to enjoying summer.

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