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Rinsing Your Mouth With Apple Cider Vinegar?

Posted by Bruce J Grimaldi, DMD on Apr 19 2017, 10:44 AM

There has been a lot of discussion around the health benefits of apple cider vinegar lately.  Beneficial claims include decreasing cholesterol, weight loss, anti-cancer effects, and decreasing heart disease.  Someone recently asked me if rinsing your mouth with apple cider vinegar is healthy for your mouth and teeth.  They also heard that it can whiten your teeth.  This was an easy question to answer – and very simply stated the answer is NO!  (Rinsing with apple cider vinegar is NOT healthy for your mouth and teeth).

How can I state this so simply and assuredly without having to reference literature studies? 

Because the main component of vinegar – whether made from apple cider, red or white wine, distilled, etc – is acetic acid.  Vinegar is an acid (with a pH of around 2.4 for distilled white vinegar).  Do not rinse with it!  Do not swish it!  Nothing good can come from rinsing or swishing your mouth with it!  What happens to the protective enamel on teeth from acids like vinegar?  It dissolves.  What is even more damaging is when you brush your teeth immediately after rinsing or swishing with vinegar (simply due to the scrubbing with the residual vinegar on the teeth).

Bottomline – intentionally rinsing and swishing with vinegar on a daily basis will severely damage your teeth.

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