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Skip the Lemonade this Summer to Enhance your Oral Health

Posted on 6/25/2015 by Jonathan Woodyard
Summertime screams lemonade. There are lemonade stands put together by cute little kids on every corner, and every barbecue get together has lemonade a plenty, but unfortunately it is one drink that you should skip this summer if you want to protect your oral health. As refreshing as lemonade may be, it does extensive damage to the enamel of your teeth and eventually the inner workings of your teeth. Rather than giving into that craving, try drinking water infused with your favorite berries to give your teeth a break while still feeling refreshed.

Lemonade is Filled with Sugar

As healthy as lemonade might seem, since it is made from lemons, it is not nearly as healthy as you think. The average glass of lemonade has 6 teaspoons of sugar! That is the maximum amount of sugar that a woman is supposed to consume in one day and is way too much sugar for your mouth, especially at one time. If you consume more than one glass or you have other items with sugar, you are wreaking havoc on your teeth and your overall health! Plus, when you drink lemonade without a straw, you are washing that sugar all over your teeth, allowing it to pool there and eat away at the enamel of your teeth, putting you at very high risk for tooth decay.

Lemonade is very Acidic

Acid is something that you are supposed to avoid in order to preserve your oral health. Excessive acid eats away at the enamel of your teeth. If you think of the enamel as the protector of your teeth, you will see how it is bad when it is eaten away. Now that you do not have that level of protection, your teeth are much more susceptible to deep tooth decay. In addition to putting your teeth at risk for decay is the added sensitivity that your teeth will experience as a result of excessive acid.

Ways to Make Lemonade Safe

If you really must have that lemonade to quench your thirst, there are a variety of precautions you should take in order to preserve your oral health. Rather than purchasing store bought lemonade, make your own with a fresh lemon and water. Simply place a lemon in water and let it soak for a few hours to overnight. This will give you the taste of lemonade without any added sugar or the risk of consuming a straight lemon; you are only having the flavoring of it. In order to further the benefits to your oral health, drink your lemon water with a straw. This helps the acids to bypass your teeth and go straight down your throat instead. This means that you will avoid the risk of the acids eating away the enamel of your teeth.

If your summer would not be complete without a glass of lemonade, make sure to drink it in moderation. Having a glass here or there and drinking it with a straw is not going to destroy your oral health. On the other hand, if you drink it excessively, it will cause you to have tooth decay and sensitive teeth. On the occasion that you do give into your craving, make sure to avoid brushing your teeth for at least 30 minutes after drinking it because if you brush right after consuming an acidic drink, you drive the acid further into your teeth, putting your enamel at even further risk of damage.

There are many other ways to enjoy your summer without wreaking havoc on your oral health. If you must have that lemonade, make sure you are keeping your regular dental appointments with us so that we can stay on top of your oral health with you! Call (270) 408-1321 today!


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Dr. Jonathan Woodyard, DMD

3235 Olivet Church Road
Paducah, KY 42001



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