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Is the Lemon Water Trend Ruining your Teeth?

Health enthusiasts and celebrities all reportedly love lemon water in its various forms – hot, cold and lukewarm – which is part of the reason why it has been labelled the must have drink to kickstart your morning.

Some say drinking lemon water promotes digestion, balances the body’s pH levels and detoxifies from the inside out. While others claim it brightens the skin as well as bolstering the immune system. With so many potential health benefits, most assume the beverage must have the same positive impact on our teeth. But is this actually the case? It is in fact true that the citrus acid within lemons can have a significant damaging effect on our teeth. The citric acid can wear away the enamel and allow other acids and sugars access to the tooth underneath. This can lead to cavities over time. If you regularly drink lemon water, it’s important to look out for signs of erosion. These signs include:

• TOOTH SENSITIVITY: Without the enamel to protect them, your teeth can become more sensitive to sugars or hot and cold foods …….

Credit to the author Kate Telep Dental Hygienist of Dr. Roze & Associates Dental Clinic

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