Chlorine and Your Dental Health
Mission Viejo Family Dentist Shares Dental Protection
One of the benefits of summer is enjoying some fun in the swimming pool. One of the chemicals used in most pools is chlorine, but is it safe for our teeth? Actually, it’s harsh on your enamel and poses a threat. While you can’t get rid of the chlorine in the pool, there are some things you should know.
Effects on Your Teeth
Pools with large amounts of chlorine might cause erosion to your enamel. This chemical gradually seeps into your mouth while swimming and has been proven to cause tooth damage when levels are too high. This leads to discoloration of the teeth as well as decay. While you don’t want to stop swimming, you need to be aware of ways to protect yourself.
Protecting Your Teeth
It’s impossible for you to know how much chlorine is in a pool by looking at it with a naked eye. Follow these tips to help protect your teeth.
At a public pool, look at the ladders, railings and pool linings. Chlorine that’s too high will eat these surfaces away. If you see this, imagine what it will do to your teeth. You might want to skip the pool and head to a natural body of water instead like the beach or local lake. You can also grab pH strips at the pool supply store and test the water before you get in. The CDC says that pool water should be between 7.2 and 7.8 on a pH scale.
If you own your pool, it’s tempting to save money by maintaining your pool yourself. It’s important to know that chemicals are a delicate balance and should only be done by someone who is educated. If you choose to do it yourself, check the pH balance at least once each week.
Then, make sure you are brushing twice a day with your soft-bristled brush and flossing daily. It’s also vital that you continue to visit your Mission Viejo family dentist twice a year for regular checkups. Then, they can watch for any early signs of decay and treat them before it becomes a bigger deal.
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