There has been a significant increase in the number of ‘natural’ remedies and the use of apple cider vinegar is one of the most prominently used. Those who champion this type of vinegar claim it can help ‘cure’ or at least relieve the symptoms of an incredible amount of maladies including diabetes, arthritis and tooth decay.
The latter claim is one that piques our interest as a dental clinic in Bangkok and as we discovered, this ‘cure all’ could actually be ruining your teeth! As is often the case with all-natural remedies, the properties of apple cider vinegar are based on extremely dubious pseudoscience.
The Damaging Mouthwash
As a respected Bangkok dental clinic, we have a duty to investigate all claims when it comes to dental care. It is claimed that apple cider vinegar can help fight tooth decay and whiten your teeth when used as a mouthwash. However, research revealed the stark reality which is that you should NEVER use this type of vinegar in place of a tried and trusted mouthwash.
Apple cider vinegar is extremely acidic; popular brands have a pH of less than 3. Bear in mind that anything below a pH of 7 is deemed to be acidic. For reference, this type of vinegar is about as acidic as lemon juice and only slightly less acidic than battery acid! As you should be aware, acid wears down your teeth’s protective enamel and increases your chances of getting a cavity. Brushing your teeth immediately after using the acidic vinegar will increase the damage as you end up removing even more enamel!
Regardless of the positive effects that apple cider vinegar can have on your health, make sure it stays away from your teeth! When it comes to looking after your oral health, trust the experts at PMDC Dental Center, one of the top dental clinics in Bangkok.