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Want White Teeth? Stop Drinking Hot Lemon Water

Would you rather have a beautiful smile or a flat stomach? If drinking hot lemon water is a cornerstone of your diet plan, you might have to choose—or tweak your routine if you want to have both.

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Want White Teeth? Stop Drinking Hot Lemon Water

Would you rather have a beautiful smile or a flat stomach? If drinking hot lemon water is a cornerstone of your diet plan, you might have to choose—or tweak your routine if you want to have both.

How could a cup of lemon water — which has been said to stimulate digestion and support weight loss efforts, no less — go wrong? Dentists say that hot water exacerbates the acidity of lemon juice, which can soften and wear away at tooth enamel. Over time, this causes erosion if you sip the drink regularly. Once the outer layer of enamel starts to wear down, the dark tooth matter below it starts to show through, giving you a discolored smile—and one that no amount of whitening toothpaste can reverse.

Thankfully, you don’t have to ditch citrus water altogether to save your smile. You can down the drink all in one go, so the acid comes in contact with your teeth for less time. Alternatively, you can trade your hot water in for cold lemon detox water, which has similar health benefits. If you go that route, shake things up by mixing lemon wedges with slices of cucumber or orange, another citrus fruit that contains many of the same detoxifying benefits.

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