Popping a mint is as close as you can possibly get to having candy that’s good for your teeth and breath, but not all mints are created equally. Keep this handy guide in mind for your next shopping trip.
Do your favorite mints contain sugar? If you want to freshen your breath and keep your teeth clean, avoid sugar at all costs. When bacteria on your teeth feed on sugar, they release acid that breaks down enamel. Once your enamel is worn down, your teeth can stain and develop cavities more easily. This defeats the purpose of freshening your breath and promoting good oral health completely!
Alternatives to Sugar
Mints that contain sugar aren’t good for your teeth, but mints that contain xylitol are! Xylitol is a natural sweetener that can actually curb the effects of mouth bacteria. Best of all, mints that have an ADA (American Dental Association) seal on the packaging are certified as good for your teeth, so it’s easy to tell which ones your dentist would recommend at the store.
Benefits of Mints
Aside from freshening your breath, the act of sucking on a mint encourages saliva production, which when paired with the benefits of xylitol acts as double duty in eliminating bacteria and germs from your mouth and helping prevent tooth decay. Who knew that something that looks and tastes like candy could actually help protect your teeth!
Mints & Oral Health
While mints add a nice boost to your oral health regimen and are great on the go, they should by no means replace twice daily brushing and flossing. Taking consistent care of your teeth yields amazing long-term benefits and can prevent painful side effects in the future. Don’t forget to schedule twice yearly exams with your dentist, too! At Spanaway Family Dentistry, we offer convenient and comfortable care for the whole family. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.