My favourite thing about this time of year are the little lemons starting to form on our tree. It’s at this time that I usually start ramping up my Morning Lemon Routine. If you also drink warm lemon water in the mornings and haven’t already heard this piece of advice you may want to start drinking it out of a straw – to save your teeth – as the acid in lemon is corrosive to enamel. It’s too late for me but save yourself!
I walked into my beautician’s office one day drinking a glass of water with lemon through a straw (totally normal) and she asked if I was drinking it that way because of what lemon does to your teeth “‘no, I just like drinking with a straw” is what I answered, but this little piece of information had lead me to thinking – was I really damaging my teeth? I didn’t always drink my lemon water with a straw and I have noticed that my teeth have been deteriorating, so I did some research on the subject and now wish I had known this info earlier.
As someone who has worn a splint at night (for over 10 years) to protect my teeth from grinding, and brushes / flosses religiously my teeth should be better than what they are. I’m sure it could be a whole heap of other things that contributed (vinegar, coffee – the list goes on) but I have a feeling the lemon had a lot to do with it (my extensive googling has me thinking I’m an expert on the subject).
So now I always drink it out of a straw, or opt for a more concentrated ‘shot’ of lemon (being careful to bypass the teeth) washed down with a chaser of warm water (I figure it can mix in the belly) and then rinse my mouth out with clean water afterward. I’m not sure if it’s helping but it makes me feel better. Biting a chunk of cheese could also help as I’ve heard that it protects teeth, but don’t quote me on that.
We buy our straws from Ikea as they are thick and sturdy, allowing us to pop them into the dishwasher and reuse them. But I’d love to get these stainless steel straws that come with a brush to clean them out properly.