Peppermints and spearmints can be found at restaurants, nail salons, and other commonly visited places. If you frequently toss them in your mouth before leaving an establishment, you may be wondering whether they are good for your teeth and gums.
The truth is that peppermints and spearmints are loaded with sugar. While they may not taste super sugary and leave your breath feeling minty fresh, many of them are pure sugar. This can damage the enamel of your teeth, promote bacteria, and lead to cavities as well as gum sensitivity.
If you do wish to freshen up your breath and like peppermints and spearmints, opt for sugarless mints instead. Since most establishments do not have them, it’s a good idea to buy them and keep them in your purse or pocket so you’re not tempted to grab sugary mints instead.
When shopping for sugarless mints, search for ones that have received approval from the American Dental Association. These mints are safe for the teeth and gums so you can eat as many as you want without worrying about cavities or other damage.
It’s important to understand that eating sugarless mints is not a replacement for good oral hygiene. You should still thoroughly brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and visit the dentist every 6 months or so for routine exams and cleanings.
Contact River Run Dental
For more information about peppermints and spearmints and how they may affect your oral health, we encourage you to contact us at (804) 262-1060.