Not for your teeth, dentists warn!

While lemon water is touted as a tried-and-true refresher that some people even claim helps detoxify and re-invigorate the body, dentists are seeing a rise in enamel erosion from the drink.

Many people wean themselves off of sugary soft drinks and juices in hopes of a healthier body and teeth by switching to lemon water, but the high acid content of lemon actually eats away the protective enamel of your teeth. When this protective enamel is worn away, yellow dentin—that’s the layer under the pearly white enamel—starts to show through. Dentin is soft, unlike enamel, and is far more susceptible to decay, cracks, and sensitivity. Worst of all? Once enamel is gone, it doesn’t come back.

Signs of acid erosion:

  1. White spots on teeth
  2. Yellowing or discoloured teeth
  3. Increased sensitivity to hot and cold food and drink

Skipping processed sugar prevents dental decay and cavities and is a great move for your waistline and your smile, but increased consumption of high-acid foods, like lemon, vinegar, or tomatoes can lead to erosion. So your best bet is to consume these foods in moderation and avoid brushing your teeth for a few hours after eating acidic food, which can strip away enamel after a high-acid treat. Pure water is your best friend!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr Helen Voronina

Dr Helen Voronina is the principal dentist at "Dr Helen's Dental & Implant Studio". Having graduated from the University of Melbourne and later from the Brener Implant Institute, in her practice she places emphases on the implant, aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry. She is a member of the Australian Dental Association, The International Congress of Implantology and The Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID). She is a former chairperson for the National Dental Foundation and an official dentist for the Melbourne Hearts Football Club.