Apple Cider Vinegar Mouthwash FAQs
If you have questions about whether or not you should do an apple cider vinegar mouthwash, then let me share some of my thoughts on the matter. I'll answer the three most important questions you are probably asking yourself right now: how does it help, are there any risks, and what is the recipe? Knowing the answers to these questions will help to guide you in properly using apple cider vinegar (ACV) to make your own homemade mouthwash.
How Does It Help?
ACV is naturally acidic, which may be helpful in breaking down solidified gunk from inside the mouth. It is also very healthy for soothing sore throats, so gargling with ACV mouthwash is a two for one punch: it cleanses your mouth, and soothes your throat.
Why is that better than using commercial mouthwashes? Well, think about it this way. Would you ever consider gargling with gasoline? Of course not, because even though you spit out the mouthwash, stuff gets left behind, which can have a positive or negative effect on the rest of the body.
No, I'm definitely not comparing commercial mouthwashes to gasoline! My point is that some commercial mouthwashes have unhealthy substances or chemicals in them that are not good for the rest of the body. So, a natural alternative, such as ACV, is much more appealing.
Are There Any Risks?
Possibly. I wouldn't gargle with apple cider vinegar mouthwash every day. It's pretty strong. I suppose if you would gargle with it several times a day, it could be bad for your teeth and gums, and to the mouth in general. ACV mouthwash is not a bad thing - only bad if done in excess.
What is The Recipe?
The apple cider vinegar mouthwash recipe is simple: mix some raw apple cider vinegar with water. Make sure you use raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with "the mother" (the mother is the enzymes, those things that float around in the ACV). I use Bragg's, just because they have such a good reputation and I know their ACV is high quality. There are many other great brands out there, though.
I've heard some people suggest about a teaspoon or two in a glass of water, while others recommend even more ACV per glass of water. You can experiment to find your own preferred proportion, but you may want to start out with...
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar in 8 oz water
Hopefully by now you realize that an apple cider vinegar mouthwash is a smart alternative to commercial mouthwashes. Just be careful to use it on an infrequent basis, like once or twice a week. Of course, do your research before trying anything new.
Ready to start drinking apple cider vinegar? Buy raw apple cider vinegar with the mother.