The popularity of apple cider as a health drink has increase over the last six years. However, when taken on daily doses, it highly increases the risks to develop side effects. Especially when the natural tonic beverage is not properly diluted.
Although a number of websites encourage to use apple cider vinegar as mouthwash, we cannot emphasize strongly enough how bad of an idea this is. . Its acetic acid content can have irritating effects on the skin, mucous membranes located in the mouth and throat; affecting the tooth enamel and potentially increasing risk of cavities.
It contains both malic acid and acetic acid. The average pH of apple cider vinegar is between 2.5 and 3.0. Given the low pH of apple cider vinegar, it can cause significant damage to your oral health if it is not consumed with caution. Some drinkers can experience swelling or burns in the tissues of their oral cavity.
If you’re going to ingest apple cider vinegar, there are a few things that Dr. Ruth Rojas recommends you can do to mitigate the risk of hurting your enamel:
- Sip it with a straw, minimizing the direct contact with your teeth.
- You should never drink it directly from a bottle. Dilute any apple cider vinegar into a solution that has at least 5 to 10 parts of water to every part of vinegar.
- Mix it with other food types to balance pH levels. Example, with olive oil to create a salad dressing.
- When finished drinking apple cider, swish your mouth only with water. This will help release and flush away the acidic elements that are hiding between your teeth.
- Wait about 30 minutes before brushing your teeth after having apple cider vinegar. If you brush too soon after, the sugars and acids from the apple will scrub off your enamel. Use water to flush as much out before brushing.
- Increase your dental Hygiene Checkups for professional cleanings. Since drinking Apple cider increases the appearances of stains and cavities.
- Dilute one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar preferably in 8 ounces of water.
- Don’t use mouthwash after having apple cider vinegar.
- A Proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing everyday will especially help.
- Visit us at Dr. Ruth Rojas for a special cleaning to keep you safe from serious oral issues.
For any questions about your oral health, please don’t hesitate to give our friendly office staff at
Dr. Rojas at (941) 951-7711.