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Frequent swimmers may experience tooth enamel erosion
Updated: 7/7/2011 6:59:57 PM

Frequently swimming in improperly maintained pools may contribute to tooth enamel erosion Many individuals spend their leisure time cooling off in a pool during the summer months. However, some of these people may not be aware that swimming in water with improperly maintained pH levels may be eroding their tooth enamel.

A recent article published by the Unionville Times highlighted this little-known issue. The newspaper explained that water with pH levels below 6 may be harmful to teeth, especially for individual who swim competitively or regularly. Pools that are treated with chlorine gas may have particularly acidic water, and even some lakes may have high pH measurements due to rain water, said Dr. Stephanie McGann, who is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry.

The news provider said that this problem has been researched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York College of Dentistry.

Signs of enamel erosion include tooth sensitivity, discoloration, thin or transparent teeth, and weakness or cracks in teeth, the news source reported.

According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 15 percent of frequent swimmers exhibit signs of tooth enamel erosion, compared to only 3 percent of non-regular swimmers.

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