Apple Cider Vinegar
It is highly likely that if you're a lemon water consumer you have also heard of the apple cider vinegar shot in the morning and are most likely doing this too.
There are many articles praising the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, some insist you should drink it every day, a table spoon “swig” before you eat or drink anything.
Said benefits are:
~ Aiding in weight loss
~ Reducing cholesterol
~ Lowering blood sugar levels
~ Improving symptoms of diabetes
However, little research exists, and further studies are needed.
Similarly with lemon water, you may not know, however, that frequent consumption of apple cider vinegar actually can harm your teeth.
How, you ask?
It is because of its high acidic levels. Containing malic acid and acetic acid, apple cider vinegar has an average pH between 2.5 and 3.0. Water, a neutral solution, for example has a pH of 7.0
The low pH of apple cider vinegar makes it a big time threat to your oral health, especially your teeth. If you regularly consume apple cider vinegar for its reported health benefits you are certainly putting your precious set of teeth at risk of harm.
In the dental practice we see side effects present as:
~ Tooth sensitivity
~ Tooth erosion
~ Tooth decay
~ Dry mouth
If you are going to continue to consume at the risk of your teeth then all we can do is educate you to help manage the consumption with these tips below:
~ Consume with a straw
~ Rinse immediately afterwards with water
~ Do not brush for 30 minutes after
~ Eat something afterwards
~ Do not double your risk with lemon water consumption as well (double acid attack)
Maybe just don’t do it, your teeth will thank you later. After all, we only have one set for life as adults.
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This information does not replace the information from your dental professional, It’s purpose is educational only.