Let’s face it: Some of the most delicious and frequently consumed beverages are often some of the most damaging to the teeth.
If you start your morning with coffee, end the evening with red wine, and have some “healthy” kombucha or tea during the day, you are creating multiple opportunities for enamel erosion due to the high acid content of those beverages.
In addition to causing the breakdown of enamel, making them more susceptible to decay, an acidic environment allows bacteria to flourish. These bacteria then contribute to a host of dental and oral health issues, including bad breath, gingivitis, and, of course, the formation of cavities.
I recommend minimizing your consumption of acidic drinks as much as possible, but you don’t have to give them up for good. You just need to counteract the acid from the foods and drinks you consume.
While optimal pH for the blood is 7.4, the saliva should be around 7.1. It’s slightly more acidic to begin the digestive process. However, acidic foods and drinks will drive the acidity of your saliva to a level that actually begins to contribute to the issues I mentioned above.
One of the best ways to minimize the acidic effects of coffee, wine, and other substances is to rinse with water after consumption. But I developed this recipe as an even better alternative.
In addition to neutralizing the acid from popular drinks, this mouth rinse will actually help to rebalance the pH of the mouth, creating a more alkaline environment that supports a healthy, well-balanced microbiome.
The star ingredients of this recipe are algae, a natural alkalizer that also moisturizes the mouth, and baking soda, which also works to neutralize acid in the mouth.
Whip up this easy recipe and be sure to keep some handy for a quick rinse after consuming acidic foods and drinks!Read Next: Is Mouthwash Bad for You?: Examining the Top Mouthwash Risks and Alternatives Print
DIY pH Balancing Mouth Rinse
It’s nearly impossible to eliminate all acidic foods from your diet. But, with a pH around 9.0, this rinse can minimize the impact of coffee, wine, and other foods and drinks. With a quick rinse, you can protect the enamel of your teeth and support your oral microbiome.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 minutes
- Total Time: 7 minutes
- Yield: 16 servings 1x
- Add all the ingredients to a glass jar or high-speed blender.
- Blend until well-combined.
- Use 1 tablespoon and swish in the mouth for 10-15 seconds for a quick rinse to balance Ph levels in the mouth.
This very lightly sweetened and refreshing mouth rinse will be good for up to 2 weeks and can be stored in the fridge or on the countertop. Just be sure to gently shake or stir it before use to re-combine the ingredients.