Dr. Marianna Kovitch from Atlanta Smiles & Wellness answers a reader’s question about the effect swimming pools can have on your teeth.
Can swimming pools stain your teeth?
An ideal pool pH level should be between 7.2 and 7.8. If the pH is lower, causing the water to be more acidic, it can cause tooth erosion. A higher pH causes proteins in your mouth to break down and form a hard, yellowish-brown mineral deposit on your teeth. You have a higher chance of stains if you are a competitive swimmer, but you can still have stains from exposure. Talk to your dentist if you notice stains due to swimming – a professional dental cleaning will be able to remove them.