Apple cider vinegar seems to be the star “super drink” of the natural craze. And Google is gossiping, claiming this sour solution can work wonders for things like weight loss and energy gain.
Apple cider vinegar has a pH level of 3.075—making it as harmful to your teeth as stomach acid. Regardless of this cloudy powder’s alleged power, it’s important to take precautions for your pearly whites.
The Safe Cider of ACV
Apple cider vinegar’s high acidity level can wear down enamel, eventually exposing dentin—the sensitive layer of a tooth. To make up for ACV’s pH level, dilute it with water. Try mixing 1-teaspoon vinegar with 8 ounces of water.
We know this sounds crazy, but wait at least 30 minutes to brush. Your enamel is in a tender state after sipping something acidic. Brushing immediately after consumption can actually rub the acid deeper into your pearly whites.
Finally, use a straw to minimize teeth contact.
Is there a point to jumping on the apple cider vinegar train? Though studies are slim, there is (some) scientific evidence to support the benefits of ACV.
What Science Says
Mommy blogs and YouTube videos advocate for apple cider vinegar’s ability to whiten your smile. But as you’ve already learned, acid and teeth are a dangerous duo.
One well-documented use: Apple cider vinegar can help control blood sugar in those with diabetes. The vinegar blocks some digestion of starch, helping to raise blood sugar levels. What about ACV and weight loss? In one study, participants who used vinegar lost slightly more weight than those who didn’t. The researchers suggest that vinegar may activate specific genes designed to break down fats.
Regardless of the research, we know apple cider vinegar is a friend to fruits and veggies. Not only does it complement any homemade salad dressing, it can clean your produce. Vinegar’s antibacterial qualities can reduce bacteria such as salmonella. Try this home hack: Fill a spray bottle with diluted ACV and spritz to clean.
Remember: Like most things, apple cider vinegar is not a quick fix. Rather it’s one piece of your overall health puzzle.