Sour Lemons

What is more refreshing than a nice slice of lemon in your water or a piece of fresh orange?

With summer just around the corner and fruit in full bloom make sure you’re paying attention to how much you are eating and using in your water.

Certain citrusy fruits can be one of the leading causes to dental erosion.

Teeth have a very strong enamel; however, that enamel can be weakened and compromised when they are exposed to too much acidic substance.

When dental erosion happens it can cause sensitivity to temperature, decay, sensitivity to sweet foods and discoloration. 

According to the AGD, due to the calcium in your saliva it helps to keep the erosion at bay, unless the mouth is too acidic, then re-mineralization does not occur. 

Here are some pointers for keeping your teeth in check.

-drink fruit juices through a straw. It will bypass the majority of the teeth.

-you should never directly suck on any acidic fruit, i.e. lemons, oranges, limes, etc. The acid in the fruit placed directly on the teeth will weaken the enamel.

-after eating acidic fruit rinse out your mouth and give your teeth about 20 minutes before you brush them.

-this is by far my favorite, eat a piece of cheese after you eat fruit. Eating cheese helps to rise the pH level in your mouth and neutralizes the acid.

Remember, everything in moderation.