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Edmond Dentist Warns Of Swimming Pool Chlorine Damaging Enamel

Edmond Dentist Encourages Monitoring Pool pH Levels

When you think about cooling off from a hot summer day, it’s natural to want to lounge around in a swimming pool, especially if that pool is in your own backyard. What you probably never thought about was that if the chlorine levels in the water are not properly balanced, it could damage your tooth enamel. Our Edmond dentist is here to share more about the New York University College of Dentistry researchers learned of this information.

A few years ago, Dr. Leila Jahangiri, the clinical associate professor and the Chair of NYUCD’s Department of Prosthodontics, spoke out about the findings of homeowners attempting to maintain pools on their own. While it’s understandable that homeowners would want to save a few dollars by avoiding having to hire professionals to maintain their pools for them, it could be a dangerous decision. This choice has often led to improper pH levels of the water which according to Jahangiri “can result in irreversible damage to one's teeth.”

She also stated that “it is difficult balance to maintain home pools properly” and that “proper pool chlorine and pH levels need to be monitored and maintained on a weekly basis.”

Our Edmond dentist knows you might be wondering what lab work research could really prove, but rest assured it was not just an educated guess based on research conducted in a lab that brought Jahangiri to her conclusion. She had observed first-hand, in a 52 year old male patient, the effects of improper pH levels. He had extremely sensitive teeth, dark staining, and rapid enamel loss over a very short 5 month period as a direct result of his 90 minute swimming exercise routine.

So, our Edmond dentist would hope that before you go dipping into the cold, refreshing water in your backyard you’ll consider carefully how you plan to keep proper pH levels and maintain the chlorine regularly, for the sake of your dental health. Either that or swim somewhere you know it’s safe.

Should you feel the need to have a dental checkup and ensure that things are on the right track with your teeth, don’t hesitate to come and see our Edmond dentist. You may make an appointment with our Edmond dentist at Wallace Family Dentistry by calling 405-340-0411.

Enjoy your summer!