People don't realise that doing this one thing in the pursuit of ideal systemic health, can actually cause irreversible tooth damage.
You may have heard people taking lemon, lemon juice, or even apple cider vinegar in the morning to improve various aspects of their systemic health.
The proposed health benefits are vast, but most notably, people talk about an improvement of digestion and also the changes that lemon and apple cider vinegar can make to people's blood alkalinity.
Now I don't actually intend to comment on how well lemon juice or apple cider vinegar actually add to systemic health, because the benefits actually outweigh anything that we even know at the moment. But what I do want to draw people's attention to are some of the very serious and real consequences of adding this as a daily regime of someone's health habits.
On the upside, lemon, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar have these potent antioxidants and phytochemical, minerals and nutrients which we can't argue with. They're great. The downside risk of this, however, is that every day you are putting high strength acids directly onto the tooth structure.
This directly increases your risk of having tooth erosion, structure loss from your teeth and decay. So while there may be some great health benefits ... We can't argue, vitamins, nutrients, phytochemicals, antioxidants are great things. I have seen many patients in my own clinic with irreversible damage and structure loss to their teeth because of this one habit.
Now, I cannot to pretend to understand everyone's health journey. So if you are doing this for real health reasons, then make sure you do one of the next few things.
- You've got to have a glass of water immediately after you finish the lemon or apple cider vinegar. This will immediately provide a neutralisation of the pH in your mouth, reducing the effects of those acids.
- Do not brush in the 30 minutes following this habit, because if you do, you will immediately lose tooth structure from the recently acid-affected areas of the teeth.
There are products out there that have the ability to mineralise the natural crystals in your teeth without the use of fluoride. The most common version of this product is called tooth mousse and you can get it fluoride-free. But remember, it is a supplement like a medication, because we're fighting acid-affected teeth. So there are things in it that aren't natural.
This is just my opinion as I care for my patients based on the clinical experiences and the real problems that this has posed for many people that I've dealt with in my office.
Let me know your thoughts and your opinions. We'll start a real conversation about this lemon, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar health trend.