Apple Cider Vinegar and Tooth Decay

 In Healthy Eating & Drinking, Oral Hygiene, Teeth

Consuming apple cider vinegar has become a popular health trend over the years, and research implies that it may have several health benefits. Studies suggest that vinegars, including apple cider vinegar, have the potential to not only prevent a number of health conditions, but to also be used as an alternative for modern medications to treat them.

Apple cider vinegar is a common ingredient in salad dressings, food flavorings, and even preservatives. It is also used in many ‘health drinks’ mixed with lemon juice and cayenne pepper for ‘immunity’. Some even drink the vinegar straight, or mix it with warm water to dilute it.

It’s important to note that consuming too much apple cider vinegar can cause an unwanted side effect….. Tooth decay.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Tooth Decay

We previously reported that lemon juice damages the teeth due to its acidic nature. Well, like all vinegars, apple cider vinegar is also acidic and can lead to enamel damage and tooth decay if consumed on a regular basis. Apple cider vinegar can continue to worsen oral health, causing sensitivity to sweet foods and hot or cold temperatures, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Tips for Safe Consumption

According to Medical News Today, “The risk of tooth decay is highest when a person regularly consumes undiluted apple cider vinegar. Diluting the vinegar or consuming it as part of a meal reduces this risk.” Other tips for safe use include reducing the amount of vinegar consumed, reducing the frequency of consumption, reducing the amount of time the vinegar is in the mouth, and limiting contact with the teeth by using a straw.

Anyone who experiences severe side effects after using apple cider vinegar should seek medical care. And if you have been consuming it on a regular basis, we recommend you schedule your dental appointment today!

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