Summer is finally here and we can finally enjoy it this year. As temperatures rise many of you will drop a lemon wedge into your glass of water to make a refreshing drink. It’s delicious.
However, this citric fruit has the potential to damage your teeth, so there are some important things I’d like you to know.
The upsides to drinking lemon water are as follows:
- It boosts the immune system
- It aids in digestion
- It nourishes the skin
- It detoxifies the body
The downside to lemon water is that it can eventually cause tooth enamel erosion if you’re not careful.
If you drink lemon water, here are my recommendations to safely enjoy it:
- Use a straw so the water bypasses your teeth.
- Swish your mouth with water when you finish your drink.
- Add fresh lemon juice. Concentrated or sweetened lemon causes more damage and are less healthy.
- Wait two hours before you brush your teeth after drinking lemon water. This will allow your teeth some time to re-mineralize.
If you have further questions about lemon juice or any other beverage, please reach out. You can always reach us at 440-354-0705 or schedule an appointment online.
Patrick Soria, DDS