Evidence That Daily Vinegar Ingestion May Contribute to Erosive Tooth Wear in Adults

Summer Anderson, Lisa A. Gonzalez, Paniz Jasbi, Carol S. Johnston

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Vinegar ingestion at mealtime is gaining popularity for its antiglycemic effects; however, it is among the most acidic consumable substances. This study examined tooth wear in healthy adults participating in an 8-week randomized trial examining the effect of daily vinegar ingestion on insulin sensitivity and visceral fat reduction. Twice daily participants consumed a vinegar drink (two tablespoons vinegar in a cup of water; 3.6 g acetic acid) or a commercial vinegar pill (control, 0.045 g acetic acid) at mealtime. Participants were screened for dental erosion using the basic erosive wear examination (BEWE) by a blinded registered dental hygienist at trial baseline and week 8. Mean BEWE scores did not change in the control group but increased 18% in the vinegar group over the 8-week study (P =.038). Given the current popularity of vinegar as a medicinal agent, practitioners should caution patients who utilize this strategy on the possibility of erosive tooth wear.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)894-896
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of medicinal food
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2021


  • BEWE score
  • acidic beverage
  • medicinal vinegar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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