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    TRUE OR FALSE - Apple Cider Vinegar Can Be Used for Teeth Whitening

    FALSE (well...kind of true but not recommended).

    Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has become a well-known remedy for things such as; controlling blood sugar, weight loss and energy, reducing bacteria such as salmonella, supporting immune functions, skin acne, and a cleaning aid. However, the dental benefits are debatable. There are claims that ACV can help whiten teeth, fight tooth decay and help chronic gum infections, but there is not a lot of scientific research to back up these claims or confirm its safety.

    What we do know for sure is that acid is bad for your enamel. ACV has a pH level of 3.075, that’s more harmful than coffee and stomach acid. This high of an acidity level can wear down enamel over time and will eventually expose dentin (the sensitive layer of the tooth). The tooth enamel is left in a weakened state after coming into contact with ACV and can be worsened if you brush your teeth right after drinking it or if you gargle it in your mouth.

    If you do use ACV, wait a half hour after consuming the it (or anything acidic for that matter) before you brush your teeth to avoid removing the enamel. You can also dilute the acv with water (1 teaspoon of acv with 8 ounces of water) or try drinking it through a straw for the health benefits.

    As for whitening your teeth, you can try other at home remedies that will cause less damage to your enamel overtime such as; brushing with activated charcoal, baking soda paste, strawberry salt and baking soda scrub or even coconut oil.

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