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Dentist's warning over 'detoxifying' health drink that's 'eroding teeth'

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A dentist has issued a stark warning about a popular health drink that many people believe to be beneficial but could actually be damaging their teeth.

Lemon water, often lauded for its detoxifying properties and vitamin C content, is widely consumed among health enthusiasts and social media influencers.However, according to Dr Andrej Bozic, an oral surgeon at Dentum, the high acidity of lemon water poses a significant risk to dental health. "Lemon juice has a pH level of around 2, which is very acidic," explains Dr Bozic. "This acidity can erode the enamel on your teeth, which is the hard, protective outer layer."Enamel erosion is irreversible and can lead to a host of dental problems, including tooth decay and increased sensitivity.

Dr Bozic said: "Once the enamel is worn away, it doesn't grow back. Your teeth become more vulnerable to cavities and damage." The enamel on your teeth acts as a shield against harmful bacteria and substances.

When it erodes, the softer, more vulnerable layer beneath, known as dentin, is exposed, reports Wales Online. This can lead to increased sensitivity, higher risk of cavities, and even some discolouration or yellowing of teeth.

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