LAPSE IN THE POOL If youâ€™re going to be spending a lot of time swimming in a pool this summer, you should know that chlorinated water has the potential to erode tooth enamel. The problem largely rests with poorly maintained pools in which the pH of the pool water is allowed to go too low (too acidic). One immediate indication of this problem is a burning sensation in the eyes, which is due to low pH (not necessarily too much chlorine). Highly acidic pool water has the potential to corrode tooth enamel, resulting in stained teeth. According to one study, 39% of competitive swimmers suffered from dental enamel erosions when pH levels dropped to 2.7 (compared with the recommended pH of 7.2 to 7.8). Prevention requires participation from both the swimmer and the person maintaining the pool. By simply closing your mouth while swimming can possibly reduce your exposure to chlorine. At PLATTE VALLEY DENTAL CLINIC, our mission is to treat every person coming to us for dental care as if they were the only person in our practice. We invite you to call 308.234.2828 to schedule your next appointment. We are dedicated to your oral health and offer a variety of procedures to help achieve a beautiful smile. Our office is located at 3915 N. 4th Ave. P.S. If necessary, purchase pH test strips and test the water in pools that you regularly frequent.