Sunday, March 27, 2011

Apple Cider Vinegar and Water Oral Rinse?

Good Morning Dr. Phillips!

Just heard on the highly rated "The Doctors" T.V. program for bad breath is to use 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (not white vinegar) and stir into one glass of water. Then oral rinse (not swallow) with solution before spitting out. I can understand the thought of vinegar killing the bacteria, but what about the acid and it's direct effect upon the outer surface of the teeth? Hmmm... Have a great weekend and I will look forward to your professional feedback once again!

Sincerely,
RL
Health Educator


Dear RL

There may be lots of ways to reach a state of oral health, but I cannot comment since I do not use it, have no records of long-term effects from using cider vinegar and I am clueless what it may or may not do in the short or long term!

I know a lot of health professionals recommend products that don't work and even recommend ones that damage teeth!

I only recommend products that I KNOW BEYOND ANY DOUBT can help everyone.

I recommend products that will clean up teeth and sustain oral health for decades and decades - and can be used by adults of any age.

What more could I need?

Thanks for your question.

I would ask the 'doctors" how they propose to convince you that this product WORKS.

Ask them for the long-term effects ( decades later - how do teeth treated like this LOOK and FEEL?)

If they don't look young, healthy and wonderful - then I am not interested!

That is my two cents' worth!!

Ellie

2 comments:

Chris said...

Hi Doc --

Don't know if you readily see comments on old posts, but I'm wondering about the statement you make above, that you're "clueless about what [cider vinegar] may or may not do in the short or long term." If this is the case, then I'm wondering about a response you gave a year prior (http://bit.ly/JwEERf), where you state "I would suggest dilute cider vinegar" as an alternative to Listerine.

I'm curious because I am also in a similar situation as the author of the prior question, and much as I'd like the level of dental health your system purports, I also need to avoid rinsing with alcohol.

I'm wondering if your opinion here represents a change. If you still think cider vinegar could substitute for Listerine in special cases, what would you recommend the dilution strength be to best approximate your system? Thanks.

Dr. Ellie said...

The acidity of the vinegar should give benefit prior to using the ACT- but I honestly don't have enough people who have done this to state that it "works".
It is a suggestion - and I think it is likely to enhance the usefulness of ACT - but I have no idea if it truly will or not.
I don't know anyone who has used this long-term.

I am sure Listerine followed by ACT works!
If someone has a concern about alcohol in a dry mouth ~ I suggest they use Listerine - since I think these fears are not grounded in science.
If there is a bigger "alcohol" problem - ( and I understand this) then I guess this situation calls for us to do the best we can.

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