Apple cider vinegar has gained much praise over the last few years due to its numerous health benefits. From acid reflux to high cholesterol and urinary tract infections, the conditions this solution can improve seem endless. But while apple cider vinegar has proven to be very beneficial for our bodies, some people are questioning the effect it has on our teeth.
How It’s Made
Apple cider vinegar is made by combining the juice from crushed apples with yeast. As the fermentation process takes effect, the sugars from the apple juice become alcohol. The alcohol is then converted into vinegar and voilà — you have apple cider vinegar.
How Your Teeth Are Affected
The hard protective coating that covers your teeth is known as enamel. Typically, beverages like sodas and juices erode this enamel over time due to their high acidity. Apple cider vinegar is even worse for your enamel because it’s more acidic than these everyday drinks you consume. In other words, apple cider vinegar has more damaging effects on your teeth.
If you’re considering drinking apple cider vinegar on a regular basis, there are a few tips you should keep in mind:
- Dilute apple cider vinegar by mixing it with water before swallowing to make it less harsh on your enamel and esophagus
- Drink water directly after consuming apple cider vinegar to rinse the acid off your teeth
- Long-term use could affect potassium levels and lower overall bone density
- Apple cider vinegar can interact with diuretics and laxatives
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