Pool Water and Your Teeth

Minnesota summers are hot and go by quickly, so it’s important to get some good swimming time in to cool off and have some fun! Swimming is a great way to enjoy the summer sun, but how do your teeth feel about it? Here are some of the effects that pool water can have on your smile.

Did you realize chlorinated pool water can be a threat to your teeth? Exposing teeth to improperly chlorinated pools (those with a pH level below seven) can erode enamel and cause tooth sensitivity. It can also lead to staining and a condition called swimmer’s calculus. When exposed to chlorine for more than six hours a week, teeth can turn yellow or brown and develop hard deposits as the plaque on your teeth reacts with chlorine. If you swim in chlorinated pools often, talk to us at Hannon & Sandler about preventing staining, swimmer’s calculus and enamel erosion. We will be able to provide treatment if you’ve already begun experiencing symptoms.

These are other important reminders when visiting your favorite swimming pool:

• If you wear a dental appliance, like a retainer, be sure to take it out before you take a dip! These items can be easily lost while swimming.
• Remember – Walk, don’t run!! The lifeguard telling you not to run at the pool may be saving you from the slip and fall that knocks a tooth out. Summer can be just as much of a hazard to your teeth as hockey season. So do your mouth a favor, and be careful!