…pour yourself a gin and tonic?
For a ‘healthier’ option you may dine in a piece of lemon in your water.
I’m quite partial to both of the above.
Lemon in water may be a good way of getting some vitamin C but it can play havoc with your teeth. The problem is the acidity. Lemons are acidic.
Drinking this in moderation is fine but if taken regularly and throughout the day, it will lead to a softening and wearing away of the enamel surface of the tooth, known as dental erosion.
This can lead to discolouration as the darker tooth matter below the tooth surface starts to shine through the tooth. With this can come weakening of the teeth, increased sensitivity and even pain.
On a daily basis I will see individuals with dental erosion largely due to acidic drinks, included in this are fizzy drinks. Just because its sugar free, this doesn’t mean it won’t damage your teeth.
In order to reduce the effects of erosion, it is recommend drinking through a straw. Another tip is to drink the liquid all in one go, so the acid is in contact with the teeth for less time. Just to be a complete killjoy…..
My final tip would be not to drink them at all…. but I’m guessing this is a tad extreme and when life gives you lemons it would be a shame not to do anything with them.