Is Lemon Water Hurting Your Teeth?

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lemon waterYou’ve tasted the trend, no doubt, in an upscale restaurant or in your own home: Lemon water, or water flavored by the juice of a lemon, or accented by a sunny lemon slice.

Most would say that it makes water, which is understandably bland, just taste better. Many would say that drinking lemon water every morning is a healthy choice too.

But, is it hurting your teeth? Can drinking lemon water – which has been credited with increasing metabolism, reducing bloating, and balancing the body – result in tooth decay or stripped tooth enamel?

A recent article in women’s beauty magazine Marie Claire asked this same question. and turned to dentists to share the answer. The answer is pretty simple.

As long as you aren’t eating large amounts of lemon (or any very acidic food) all day long, drinking lemon water can be good for you. Remember, though, that the lemon flavor should come from the juice of the fresh fruit, not the juice sold in the little container shaped like a lemon.

Lemons and other fruits are great sources of vitamin C. Drinking plain water throughout the day is good for your digestion and hydration. However, large amounts of highly citric foods all day long might not lead to the best dental health, even if it might aid in better digestion.

To drink or not to drink lemon water?

It may be beneficial to drink a glass of warm, lemon-enhanced water every day in the morning. This habit is unlikely to lead to a greatly increased risk of tooth decay, cavities or erosion of enamel.

To take every dental precaution, though, you should drink it after you brush your teeth. Then, don’t brush again for a few hours to allow the calcium in your saliva to begin to remineralize your tooth enamel. A good rule to follow for dental health is to not expose your teeth to large amounts of sugar, of any kind, all day long.

And don’t forget to brush and floss!