By Mariah Chitouras on May 3, 2018 @ 04:18 PM
Over $3.2 billion is spent on teeth whitening across the globe—and that number isn’t going down anytime soon. That total includes at-home options and whitening at the dentist’s office. At-home options range from drugstore finds, fitted trays from the dentist, and even ingredients right from your pantry, like baking soda or apple cider vinegar.
It’s been said that besides the potential benefits for weight loss, gut health, and blood-sugar control, apple cider vinegar can whiten teeth—but at what cost? Did you know that it could hurt your enamel and open your teeth to decay?
Can apple cider vinegar whiten your teeth?
While the health benefits of apple cider vinegar may be there, you could be damaging your teeth. The acidity levels in apple cider vinegar are comparable to soda, which eats away at the enamel on your teeth. If you choose to keep drinking apple cider vinegar, make sure you wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. Brushing sooner will further the damage to the enamel.
While this would defeat the potential whitening, one way to get around damaging your enamel is to drink it with a straw. You’ll still receive the overall health benefits without having to worry about ruining your enamel.
So, does apple cider vinegar whiten teeth? To provide a better-informed decision, I tested out how well apple cider vinegar whitened my teeth, at least from my own perception. I went the dilution route (mixing it with water) because I couldn’t stand the taste of straight vinegar. It’s my impatience talking, but not seeing any noticeable results in two weeks, the taste, and the potential damage to my enamel—it doesn’t seem worth it to me. The pros don’t outweigh the cons as far as whitening goes. There are enough safe options out there that apple cider vinegar doesn’t seem to be the way to go for me.
When trying a new routine, be sure to consult your dentist. You want to make sure that you are not going to damage your teeth permanently and actually obtain results. If you are looking to whiten your teeth, check to see if your insurance covers whitening options—some do!
Mariah Chitouras is a marketing specialist at Solstice Benefits. She loves dogs, trying whitening options, and football.