You’ve probably read about apple cider vinegar (ACV) and its ability to cure a seemingly endless array of ailments—everything from athlete’s foot to upset stomach, and even Cancer.
Fact or Fiction
Some clinical studies on ACV support claims for promoting weight loss, lowering cholesterol, and regulating blood sugar. On the other hand, claims that ACV can prevent or reverse tooth decay are misguided. Using liquid ACV as a pre-brush mouthwash is an especially bad idea and here’s why.
Like soda and lemon juice, ACV is highly acidic, typically with a pH level of 3.0 or lower. The pH scale runs from 1-14; levels lower than 7 are acidic as opposed to alkalizing. Foods and beverages high in acid strip away protective tooth enamel and hasten permanent tooth erosion.
ACV Precautions and Negative Side Effects
Rinsing with concentrated doses of ACV will not only damage your teeth but can also cause swelling or burns inside the mouth and esophagus. According to the Centers for Disease Control, other potential risks of long-term use of ACV include:
- Throat irritation
- Low potassium
- Disruption of the body’s acid-base balance
Safer Ways to Consume ACV and Minimize Tooth Exposure
If ACV is already part of your health regimen, you might not have to give it up entirely. Consider these options instead: