Lemon juice typically has a pH between 2.0 and 2.6. Drinks acidic enough to deteriorate your teeth start at pH 5.5 and go higher (lower in number). Yes, lemon juice is bad for teeth. It’s ten times more acidic than grapefruit juice, but at best it’s only 0.49 more acidic than Pepsi. The citation provides a great list of beverages and their pH level.
Lemon juice consumption can lead to a condition called tooth erosion where the outermost layer of enamel slowly wears down. Lemon juice can also irritate gums and its softening of the enamel can cause tooth sensitivity. If the consumption is continued so that the enamel is destroyed and dentin (bone-like structure that is the core of teeth) is exposed, tooth decay and cavities can result. Other acidic liquids to avoid to prevent enamel erosion are other citrus juices (orange, grapefruit, etc), white wine, coffee, and tea.
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