Best Rx: Atlanta Smiles & Wellness

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?Kovitch, DMD, Marianna_no cred

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.

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