Is Lemon Acid Bad for My Teeth?

by Eimear
(Ireland)

I put boiling water and half a lemon into my car cup each morning and sip away on that once it cools down. I was just wondering would this be harmful to my teeth?

It is very acidic, but I actually crave my lemon and water each morning. Thanking you, E

WBH response:

What a great idea for drinking lemon water daily!

First of all, I would trust your body's craving for lemon water. It probably needs it.

To answer your question about whether the lemon acid will harm your teeth, it is true that eating a lemon or drinking straight lemon juice every day can harm tooth enamel.

On the other hand, since drinking lemon water is alkalizing in the body, it can assist in preventing demineralization of teeth and the jaw bone.

So the key is to always drink lemon juice in a dilution of water. One-half lemon in 12 to 16 ounces of water will provide many health benefits without damaging tooth enamel.

If you are still concerned about your teeth with the lemon-water dilution, you can always swish plain water (or even better, alkaline water) in your mouth after you drink the lemon water.

Another thing to consider is the temperature of the water that you are using to make your lemon water beverage. You mentioned that you put the lemon juice in boiling water and then wait until it cools down to drink it.

I recommend that you just put the fresh-squeezed lemon juice in room temperature water and take that with you. Boiling hot water will destroy some of the enzymatic properties of the lemon.

Since you are letting it cool down anyway, why not just add the lemon juice to warm or room temperature water?

You can read more here on the best temperature to drink lemon water to get the most health benefits.

Of course, if it is winter time and you want a warm or hot morning beverage, then drinking hot or warm (preferably warm over hot) lemon water is fine.

In general, it is better to drink room temperature lemon water for optimal health benefits. However, many people have found that drinking hot lemon water at the onset of a cold or flu or allergies, can help break down mucus and relieve congestion.

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