You know very well that swimming is considered one of the best physical exercises that you can do to stay physically fit. It already includes a complete body workout that it is also an excellent way to lose weight. However, did you know that swimming in heavily chlorinated swimming pools is not necessarily good for you, especially your teeth?
Chlorine in Swimming Pools
Chlorine is primarily used in swimming pools to kill bacteria and other microorganisms that may be found. This renders the pool safe for swimmers. However, chlorine levels must be maintained within a set range of limits. Too little chlorine and you won’t be able to get rid of all the microorganisms in the water. Too much chlorine and the water can literally sting your eyes and other mucous membranes. It can also turn your hair a little greener.
Unfortunately, too much chlorine in swimming pool water has been proven by studies to lead to dental erosion.
Chlorinated Water and Dental Health
Chlorine is an anion which can significantly bring pH levels of swimming pool water to lower levels, meaning it turns your swimming pool into an acid bath. Acids corrode substances, eating away at molecular structures. The same thing happens to the teeth. Swimming pool water with a pH level of less than 7.2 or even 7.0 can lead to faster deterioration of the teeth enamel.
You do know that the enamel is a very thin layer of protective coat that covers the more sensitive dentin part of the teeth. When this thin coat is subjected to the acidic environment of heavily chlorinated swimming pool water, it slowly deteriorates over time. Furthermore, studies now show that chlorinated swimming pool water can cause salivary proteins to break down leading to teeth discoloration, usually appearing brown.
What can be Done?
Best advice? Don’t swim in heavily chlorinated swimming pools. That said, it is important to maintain the levels of both chlorine and pH within their normal ranges. Additionally, limiting your swimming sessions to not more than 5 hours per week and closing your mouth while in the water should help you retain the integrity of your teeth. Visiting a Harley Street dental studio, such as harleystreetdentalclinic.co.uk for checkups should never be missed as well.
Swimming is good for your health. However, the substances added to the water to make it safe can sometimes produce new problems. Knowing these can help you make appropriate preventive actions.