Summer is in full swing and especially in hot climates like we have here in Miami, and that means many of us are spending a lot of our leisure time at the beach or in the swimming pool. While it may feel great to get some sun and even better to cool off in the water, it turns out that the water in your backyard pool may actually pose problems for your dental health.
There’s no reason to be unduly alarmed, but living a city with more than a few pools, Miami residents should be aware of the potential risk to their teeth. A study conducted at the NYU College of Dentistry revealed that exposure to pool water could result in rapid, serious erosion of dental enamel, according to a warning issued by the College of Dentistry. The issue is with pools which are not properly maintained. Dr. Leila Jahangiri, chair of the NYU College of Dentistry’s Department of Prosthodontics explained, “Improperly maintained pool chlorination in swimming pools can cause rapid and excessive erosion of dental enamel.”
In other words, if you have a pool at your home, there’s more to keeping it ready for use than just skimming leaves and debris off of the surface. You also need to monitor the pH and chlorine levels on a weekly basis and adjust them accordingly. If you’re not completely comfortable doing this yourself or you aren’t sure that you’re doing it the right way, it may be worth hiring a pool service to handle this routine task for you.
According to Dr. Jahangiri and her fellow researchers Dr. Ross Kerr and Steven Pigliacelli, improper pH levels in a pool can lead to severe and permanent loss of dental enamel. If the chemical levels are not properly maintained, pool water contact with teeth can cause serious enamel erosion,” Jahangiri said. Case studies show that the effect occurs when the pH of the water ranges between 2.7 and 7.
If you’re one of the many Miami area residents with a swimming pool in your back yard, please make sure that it’s kept properly maintained this summer. It could make all the difference to your dental health! If you’re concerned about how your pool could be affecting your teeth, please visit our office and get in touch to see how Biscayne Dental Center can help you keep your teeth looking great this summer!