From apple cider vinegar shots to collagen in coffee, you know a health trend when you see one. Not all are created equal, but it’s fun to test them all out — and will them to make you a more vibrant and well human. But as we drink, eat, slurp, and chug different tonics in the hopes of becoming healthier, we could be overlooking an important piece of our health. Our dental health.
Dr. Brian Kantor, DDS, a cosmetic dentist at Lowenberg Lituchy & Kantor, says our mouths are more connected to the rest of our bodies than we realize. Here are some health trends he says may take a toll on our teeth, gums, and overall mouth health.
Apple Cider Vinegar
There are all kinds of rumors going around about this sour and affordable elixir. “Experts” and brands tout that it can boost weight loss, and lower blood sugar — although the University of Chicago Medical Center wrote that many of those claims were myths. But taking shots of ACV also may be hurting our teeth. “Apple cider vinegar is acidic and can erode enamel,” Kantor says.