Swimmer’s Erosion – Swimming & Teeth erosion
Have you ever been told that swimming in chlorinated water for long hours can lead to teeth enamel loss?
If you swim for prolonged hours in not so well maintained swimming pools, you may be risking the loss of your teeth structure. pH between 2.7 and 7 is considered acidic and exposure to it may lead to erosion on enamel in the teeth. It is also called ‘ Swimmer’s erosion‘.
Studies have shown more than 26% of the competitive swimmers and 10% recreational swimmers have signs of teeth erosion on various teeth surfaces. Although the the swimming pool water remains neutral in pH it is undersaturated to the hydroxyapatite crystals in the enamel.
Chlorine added to the swimming pool in the form of Chlorine gas leads to formation of Hydrochloric acid as result of its reaction with water. There are other ways of chlorinating water which will reduce acid formation and render stable chlorine.
In one such incident in Bangalore, 5 of the young swimmers in a batch of 10 practicing regularly for a championship, complained of tooth sensitivity and pain. It was diagnosed later that the root cause for this was prolonged exposure to chlorine in Swimming Pools water. Here are some precautionary steps:
- Always make sure that the swimming pool is well maintained and check the pH level of swimming pool water on a regular basis
- As a preventive measure dentists advice use of tooth guards
- Consult your dentist for periodic examinations for early detection and to avoid complications