Are Mints Bad for My Teeth?

Close-up of woman smiling and putting a white mint into her mouth to freshen her breath.

At the end of a nice meal, it may seem like a no-brainer to grab a couple of mints to freshen your breath. You get to enjoy that nice minty flavor while ensuring your breath is pleasant to those around you – it’s a win-win, right? Wrong. While they might briefly improve your breath, most breath mints are bad for your teeth!

Secret Sugar

Most breath mints are high in sugar, though there are a few sugar-free options available. Sugar is harmful to your teeth because it feeds the harmful bacteria that grow in your mouth. These bacteria then produce acid, which wears away at your teeth and results in cavities and other dental problems. Even if breath mints do conceal your bad breath, they only do so for a short time. So, what can you do to mitigate your bad breath after a good meal?

Fresh Alternatives

Instead of breath mints, try chewing on sugar-free gum. As you chew, your mouth produces saliva that helps wash away excess food particles that can cause bad breath. You might also consider keeping a disposable toothbrush or two on hand. Disposable toothbrushes come with toothpaste already applied and do not need water. You’ll be able to clean your teeth and freshen your breath on the fly!

Ask Dr. Flesher

If you notice that you seem to have bad breath no matter what you seem to do, schedule an appointment with Dr. Flesher. Chronic bad breath, called halitosis, can signal gum disease or other dental conditions. The sooner Dr. Flesher diagnoses the issue and begins treatment, the better.

Remember that good preventive care habits, such as brushing twice daily, flossing each day, and regularly visiting our office for exams and cleanings can help you avoid halitosis, gum disease, and other problems. To ask our friendly team any questions, or to schedule your next appointment at Royal Oak Family Dental, call our office today.

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