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Lemon Water May Be Bad for Enamel and Dental Care

“The Real Reason You Should Drink Lemon Water!” »

“Lemon water: refreshing, hydrating and healthy”

“Lemon water is a tasty way to hydrate – Das It”

These are just a few of the titles from the thousands of TikTok videos touting the benefits of lemon water. The drink, which simply involves adding lemon juice to water, has gone viral in recent years due to its purported health benefits, including increasing hydration, adding vitamin C and being a alternative to high-sugar options like soda or fruit juice.

But sipping lemon water carries a potential health risk, according to Dr. Stephanie Dumanian, owner of Park Lex 60 Dental, who joined us – Raj Punjabi and Noah Michelson, co-hosts of the show “Am I Doing It Wrong” from HuffPost? podcast – to discuss the secrets to keeping our teeth healthy.

“I’m not going to lie, I see a lot of effects on patients’ enamel (from drinking lemon water),” she said. “I’m like, ‘What happened?’ Do you have acid reflux? What changed ? And they can’t understand it. And then I ask: “Do you drink lemon water in the morning?” And they say: “Every morning!” » And I’m like, ‘Ahhhhhhhh!’ and I ask, “Do you brush your teeth right after too?” And they say “Yeah!” and I say to myself: “It’s terrible! »

Dumanian explained that we don’t want to brush our teeth after exposing them to the significant amounts of acid in lemon water – or any other drink or food.

“You basically apply acid to your teeth,” she said.

Instead, she suggested brushing your teeth before drinking it or waiting 20 to 30 minutes afterward. Alternatively, we can rinse our mouth with water to remove any acid and then brush our teeth.

“Or you can drink (lemon water) through a straw,” she said. “Some of my patients tell me they like to drink it hot, and I tell them, ‘Let it come to room temperature and drink it through a straw.'”

She noted that using a straw would prevent the acidic drink from coming into contact with the teeth and that this technique could also be useful for drinking coffee.

“It also helps minimize coffee staining. It’s not exposed to your teeth as much.

Dumanian also revealed why some people have more cavities than others, the unexpected reason we might have bad breath, and much more:

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