Lay off the lemons!

September 21, 2011

It’s a proven fact and most people tend to agree that the flavor of lemon is refreshing. Whether it’s a lemon-flavored popsicle, yogurt, or just a lemon spicing up your glass of water, many people enjoy this sour sensation.

If you suck on lemons directly, however, you may be putting your dental health in jeopardy.

Lemons are very acidic, and exposing your teeth to this high level of acid can put your tooth enamel (the natural protection of your teeth) at risk for erosion. The same is true for the acid that is pushed into your mouth as a result of acid reflux or GERD, as well as a result of frequent vomiting.

When your enamel erodes and wears away, you are much more likely to experience extreme tooth sensitivity. Hot and cold drinks, foods, and even the chilly winter air can cause discomfort to your smile if your tooth enamel is no-more. This is because your tooth enamel, the white, hard, coating that covers your teeth, is what protects your teeth from everyday wear and tear, including eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth. It’s important to preserve your tooth enamel by brushing appropriately and avoiding substances high in sugar and acid to keep the layer of sensitive dentin underneath protected.

For more tips on how to protect your enamel and keep your smile looking and feeling great, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brad Greenfield at Lake Orion Family Dentistry by calling (248) 693-6213. In the mean time, lay off those lemons!

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