You’ve probably heard the phrase; “When life hands you lemons ~ make lemonade”. Well, not so fast! Did you know that the high acid content in lemons can actually be harmful to your teeth? Lemons and other highly acidic foods can cause tooth erosion and irritate your gums. Erosion causes thinning of enamel and slowly breaks down your teeth putting them at greater risk for sensitivity and tooth decay.
Dr. Scott Norton (practicing Endodontist in Louisville, KY) suggests everything in moderation. It’s ok to have lemons and other highly acidic foods as long as it’s not frequent. If your teeth are exposed to acidic foods it is best to rinse or drink water right after consumption. Although it’s recommended to brush and floss at least 2 to 3 times a day, it’s important to avoid brushing for 30 minutes after consuming acidic foods. Surprisingly, most toothpastes on the market are relatively abrasive and combining that with the mechanical force of a toothbrush could cause greater erosion.
Dr. Norton says to enjoy acidic foods and beverages on occasion, followed by water to rinse it down. Also, continue to brush and floss at least twice a day, just remember not to do it directly following the consumption of acidic foods.