There has been a lot in the health press advocating the benefits of apple cider vinegar. Its perceived benefits include: aiding weight loss; helping digestion; regulating blood sugar; and reducing the risk of heart disease. Despite any health benefits it may bring, its acidity means it can seriously damage your teeth if not drunk with caution.
Containing malic acid and acetic acid with an average pH of between 2.5 and 3.0, apple cider vinegar is strong enough to weaken the enamel on your teeth. Weakened enamel increases your vulnerability to tooth decay and cavities, and can increase teeth sensitivity. People who drink an excessive amount of undiluted apple cider vinegar may even experience swelling or burns inside their mouth.
Dilution is the solution! Dilute apple cider vinegar in water before drinking; at least 5 to 10 parts water to every 1 part vinegar. Never use apple cider vinegar as a mouthwash, as this will seriously damage your teeth. You can also get apple cider vinegar in pill form, but you still need to wash this down with plenty of water.
Natural remedies and ‘health’ drinks can have a greater effect on your oral health than you might realise. If you ever have a question, ask your dentist at Elmsleigh House who will offer advice with your teeth in mind!