Is there anything I can do to protect my teeth but still drink it?
Dr Sara Solomon recommends:
- Diluting the lemon juice with a full 8 ounces of water to lessen the acidity.
- Minimize risk by drinking the warm lemon juice through a straw (so it bypasses your teeth). If you elect to use a straw, be careful not to burn your palate (always test the temperature of the water with your finger before using a straw).
- After drinking the acidic lemon water, rinse your mouth with water immediately.
- Another option is to chew sugar-free gum after drinking the lemon water: this helps you produce more saliva, which helps neutralize the acidity in your mouth.
Note: DO NOT brush your teeth until 60 minutes after drinking the lemon water. Use a soft toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste (fluoride strengthens your teeth) and do not brush aggressively. Why? Because acid leaves the enamel softened and more prone to erosion during brushing!
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