April 14th, 2014
Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar that is made by fermenting apple cider resulting in a rich source of acetic acid, nutrients, and enzymes. Apple cider vinegar in its organic, raw, and unfiltered form has long been used as a natural cure for a variety of ailments ranging from dandruff and sunburns to even hiccups. Although people claim it to be effective, there is not substantial scientific research that supports the vinegar's wide range of capabilities. One of the popular supposed health benefits of apple cider vinegar include its ability to improve oral health.
Apple cider vinegar is rich in potassium and malic acid; both proven to help with maintaining good oral health. Potassium deficiencies can lead to tooth decay. Furthermore, the variety of acids present in apple cider vinegar can kill harmful bacteria responsible for infections in the mouth. Some people even claim that gargling vinegar can whiten teeth by dissolving built up plaque on teeth. Above all, vinegar is still very acidic and thus, can erode tooth enamel when used improperly. It is crucial to both dilute the acid before using it and also to rinse very well with water afterwards.
The most common way to utilize the health benefits of apple cider vinegar is to dilute 1 -2 teaspoons of it in 8 oz of water and drink it. If the taste it too strong, honey can be added to make it taste better.
Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.Pradhan. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.
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