As we move into the hottest times of the year, you may be tempted to squeeze some lemon juice into your water to have a refreshing drink. However, lemon juice has the potential the erode your enamel over time if you’re not careful.
But, it is possible to enjoy lemon water without damaging your teeth.
I recommend that you use a straw to avoid the liquid on your teeth as much as possible. It’s also better that you use fresh lemon juice instead of anything from concentrate. When you’re finished drinking, swish plain water in your mouth to remove the acid from your teeth. Finally, wait at least 2 hours to brush your teeth after drinking to allow your tooth enamel to re-calcify.
There are many benefits to drinking lemon water as well.
Concern for your dental health should be considered when drinking lemon water, but there are health benefits as well. Research has concluded that it aids in digestion, nourishes the skin, boosts the immune system, and detoxifies the body.
So go ahead and enjoy the summer and your refreshing drink, but do it mindfully. If you have further questions about how lemon juice or any other beverage or food affects your teeth, please give our office a call. We can be reached online or you can call to schedule an appointment by calling 828-631-3283.
David S. McGuire, DDS