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Mints For Bad Breath Can Damage Your Teeth?

teeth health smile dentistMost 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.

Key takeaways:

  • 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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Dr Ashley Davenport BDS MFGDP(UK)

I qualified as a dentist in 1995 and can honestly say that I have been doing a job that I love for the past 20 plus years. Most people who know me well know that dentistry is a passion for me and that if I won the lottery I would still want to have some dentistry in my life. I get huge satisfaction from treating patients and making a difference to ...

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Dr Catherine Myatt BDS MFGDP(UK)

Cath joined the practice as a dentist in 2002.  She and Ashley met on their postgraduate Vocational Training course in Birmingham when they ended up working at the same practice in West Bromwich.  When Ashley was looking for an associate at Balsall Common Dental Practice, Cath came to take the role and she has been here ever since.  In 2017 Cath...

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