Fresh mint leaves are ubiquitous in dental products as they offer an unmatched feeling of freshness in the mouth, but what many people do not realize is that fresh mint leaves offer many benefits for your mouth and your overall health. Here are just a few of the ways that mint can have positive effects on your oral health.
You know that whenever you eat a breath mint or a stick of mint chewing gum, it helps to moisten and freshen your mouth, but the real benefit of this production of saliva and enzymes in your mouth is that it helps to break down and digest the food particles in your mouth. It also helps alkalize the body and return the mouth to its normal pH levels, particularly after eating acidic foods. Alkaline foods are an important addition to one’s diet as they help to counteract the effects of an acidic environment that causes tooth decay, gum disease, and chronic inflammation.
Natural Antibacterial & Anti-Inflammatory Properties
The natural antiseptic qualities in mint help to fight bacteria growth and prevent infection. It also contains high levels of antioxidants to help the body repair itself, prevent swelling of connective tissues to promote healthy gums, and can even help reduce bleeding after tooth extraction.
Rich in Vitamins & Minerals
The high levels of vitamins A, C, B6, folate, and riboflavin in mint are all essential for overall health, as well as for maintaining periodontal health and fortifying bone mass. Calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and manganese are all essential minerals in the formation and maintenance of bone density in the teeth, jaw, and the rest of the skeletal system. These minerals work hand-in-hand with the vitamins to fortify enamel and ensure that your teeth and gums are strong and healthy.
Dr. McCord and the team at Mint Dental Care understand the importance of maintaining your oral health through dietary choices as well as proper dental care. Our family-friendly environment uses advanced technology and offers affordable pricing.