Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar and Mouth Infections

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Apple cider vinegar in a jar with red apples next to it. (Image: vonEisenstein/iStock/Getty Images)

You can get a variety of infections in your mouth from yeast to bacterial. While apple cider vinegar is purported to have an affect on infections of all types, it is primarily thought to help with yeast or fungal infections in the mouth above overs. If you are suffering from severe symptoms, see a doctor immediately.

Oral Thrush

Though yeast infections can occur just about anywhere in the body, when they occur in the mouth, it's called oral thrush. According to the "Consumer Guide to Dentistry," oral thrush is caused by the fungus candida albicans and causes a white film on the tongue, bad breath, and a sore throat.

About Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar

Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar is a type of organic vinegar that's unpasteurized. It looks cloudier than standard vinegars because it hasn't been filtered and contains an enzyme-rich substance called pectin, that's referred to as the "mother." According to the Bragg website, the "mother," is what's responsible for improving your health and may kill infections in your mouth and elsewhere.

Treatment

According to a book called "Dr. Earl Mindell's Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar," by Dr. Earl Mindell, apple cider vinegar can kill fungus if you use it regularly. A standard treatment Mindell recommends is to mix together two tablespoons of vinegar with a cup of water and drinking it before meals. Or, you may simply gargle with the mixture to flush out the fungus. The "Consumer Guide to Dentistry," notes that it's the acid in substances like lemons and oranges, as well as vinegar, that can help treat oral thrush infections.

Caution

Bragg vinegar can irritate the mouth, especially if not diluted with water, due too its high level of acidity. Burns and irritation to the mouth, throat and esophagus are possible, as is stomach upset, ulcer irritation, and tooth enamel erosion, according to MayoClinic.com. Don't substitute rinsing with or consuming Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar for standard infection treatment like antibiotics or anti-fungal medications, especially if the symptoms are severe or persistent.

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