Apple vinegar: a valid ally in oral hygiene

Apple vinegar: a valid ally in oral hygiene

As we know, apple cider vinegar, by virtue of its chemical composition, is an excellent antibacterial agent that can be used in many fields, from cleaning surfaces to disinfection. However, what not many people know is that this product can also be used in personal care and in particular with regards to oral hygiene.

Following the ingestion of food and in any case due to the bacteria present in the oral cavity, a layer of yellowish and sticky substance inevitably forms on the teeth throughout the day: dental plaque. Below this there are many bacteria, some of which are responsible for the formation of tooth decay, the most widespread tooth pathology in the world. It is therefore clear that the removal of dental plaque is a decisive factor in the prevention of
diseases of the oral cavity and must be carried out several times a day through brushing with toothpaste and the use of mouthwashes which we normally find on sale at prices that are not exactly cheap. Furthermore, some incorrect behaviors such as smoking and excessive coffee intake can be responsible for mouth diseases and the formation of the well-known unsightly stains on the teeth.

In order to counteract the formation of plaque and the yellowing of the enamel, apple cider vinegar can be a valid, very effective and quite economical remedy. Let's see how. First of all, it must be specified that in the home preparation of products to be used for this purpose, dilution is essential, as incorrect use of this product (for example used pure or too concentrated) could have the opposite effect, leading to damage to the tooth enamel.

For ideal use, simply dilute a spoonful of apple cider vinegar with 125 ml of water (half a tea cup). You need to mix it well and rinse before brushing your teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste. If instead we want to prepare an excellent homemade mouthwash to keep for a few days in a dark bottle, we suggest a simple but very effective recipe.

First of all, let's boil 250 ml of water in a saucepan with three cloves and some dried mallow leaves (we can also get a herbal tea in herbalist's shops or well-stocked supermarkets). Five minutes after the start of boiling, remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Once everything has cooled, we filter the infusion obtained through gauze and add two full spoons of apple cider vinegar and a pinch of salt. Mix well and bottle in a dark glass bottle or a transparent bottle covered in foil. The antibacterial action of vinegar will be synergized by the presence of a natural antibiotic substance from cloves, eugenol, while mallow will give our mouthwash emollient characteristics of the mucosa. To flavor our homemade product we can add two mint leaves or some anise seeds before cooling.

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