How pool chemicals can damage your teeth

An occasional dip in the pool to cool off, or even spending a random day poolside isn’t something to be concerned about. But if you spend six or more hours per week in the pool for any consistent period of time, you could develop “swimmer’s calculus.” That’s not a summer school math class, but a condition in which yellow stains and discoloration develop on tooth enamel.

Swimmer’s calculus isn’t the only dental condition you can get from your pool. If your pool is not properly maintained, you could be at risk for a number of dental issues including enamel damage and painful sensitivity. A pool that is too acidic can severely and rapidly erode enamel. Commercially available pool pH testers can let you know if your pool is too acidic. Rust on your pool’s ladder is another indication that something is amiss.

The risk of enamel damage, swimmer’s calculus, and other dental conditions can be significantly reduced by proper pool maintenance. This summer make it a priority to check your pool’s chlorine and pH balance regularly.

If you notice any changes in your teeth, staining, or increased sensitivity it is important to come into Falmouth Dental Arts immediately for an assessment. The longer such conditions go untreated the more severe damage will be. Call today at 207-781-5900 to set up an appointment.