Mints For Bad Breath Can Damage Your Teeth?
Most people have suffered bad breath at one time or another during their lives. Many turn to mints to give them confidence in their breath when they need it, such as before a meeting or after lunch, smoking or coffee. Breath mints may temporarily camouflage bad breath but are not very friendly to your teeth.
- Breath mints contain high amounts of sugar that encourage the growth and multiplication of plaque bacteria.
- The mints are not able to get rid of bacteria that cause bad breath in the mouth.
- Swapping to sugar-free breath mints could help save teeth from the damage caused by sugar.
Sugar-free breath mints can be be very difficult to buy so dentists recommend sugar-free gum as it is easily available and the chewing action stimulates saliva flow which is beneficial to dental health.
Breath spray and mouthwashes dry your mouth.
Alcohol in these products dries the mouth increasing decay risk and making bad breath worse in the long run.
Bad breath can signal gum problems.
If you need to turn to breath mints, spray mouthwash or to chewing gum regularly it may mean that there is an underlying health problem that needs treatment.
Chronic bad breath is called halitosis. It is a sign of problem bacteria and possible gum disease. If you have chronic halitosis then even if you don’t have gum disease yet, you are likely to have enough bad bacteria in your mouth to get gum disease soon.
The sooner gum disease is treated, the easier the treatment is. When caught in its early stages gum disease is easily reversible. Getting rid of it will not only help the health of your gums and teeth, but it will help improve your bad breath as well.
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