San Diego Pediatric Dentist knows that summer is a great time for swimming pools. In San Diego California, it can be hard to stay cool, but a swimming pool can have surprising affects on your teeth. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) reports swimmers are at an increased risk of developing tooth stains, or possibly experiencing dental trauma.
The problem lies in imbalance. If a pool’s water chemistry unbalanced, children (and adults) that swim in the pool multiple hours a day could develop yellowish-brown staining on their teeth. Most pools are maintained at a pH of 7.2-7.8. If a pool’s pH rises above 7.8, the pool’s water is alkaline. The higher pH level in the pools causes a salivary proteins break down, combined with minerals in the mouth, it forms those unsightly stains. They can be splotchy or cover an entire area, but they do become noticeable.
Fret not, the staining can be efficiently removed by a thorough dental cleaning, but advise the swimming pool management to make sure the pH gets corrected. It is rare for San Diego California pools to have a pH below 7.2 which is considered acidic. However, this will cause tooth enamel erosion in children (or adults). San Diego Pediatric Dentist will advise any who have a child in competitive swimming, to look at your child’s teeth for drastic changes in the enamel. If you do notice any changes, make sure the pH gets corrected in the swimming pool and contact Children’s Dentistry of San Diego at (858) 536-1111.