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A 52 year old Male lost nearly all his enamel on his teeth over a 5 month period. This resulted in severe sensitivity and dark staining as the dentine was exposed. Loss of enamel can happen with strong acids like gastric acid (Bulimia) and Citric Acid is also very good at loosening enamel but specialists at New York University were baffled by the speed at which it had happened. The cause was eventually uncovered. The loss of enamel was caused by an improperly maintained swimming pool with a pH well below the recommended 7.2->7.8