Popping a piece of chewing gum in your mouth is a convenient way to freshen your breath and can even help to clean your teeth after meals if you choose the sugarless variety. However, many chewing gums still contain artificial sweeteners and other additives that aren’t very healthy. If you love that minty fresh taste in your mouth but prefer a more natural approach, you might want to consider chewing on a fresh mint leaf now and then. Mint leaves not only give you that characteristic clean feeling in your mouth, they also offer several other benefits that you don’t get from chewing regular gum.
Not only does mint not need any questionable artificial flavors or sweeteners to make it enjoyable, it’s also a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is a very good source of Vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, folate, potassium, copper, manganese, and magnesium as well as Vitamin B6, zinc, and phosphorus, which the body needs to help build and repair bones and teeth.
Peppermint is a natural anti-inflammatory, which makes it great for eating after meals and for counteracting acidic foods. Chewing mint can help to stimulate the enzymes that aid in digestion and can even help to relax the muscles in the digestive tract. It cleanses the palate and naturally breaks down quickly if accidentally swallowed.
Fresh mint leaves don’t come with the excessive packaging that individual sticks of gum are wrapped in, creating a zero-waste product that keeps excessive plastic, foil, and paper out of landfills. The best part of chewing fresh mint is that it’s one of the easiest herbs to grow at home in pots. It grows quickly and spreads rapidly, so be sure to plant it away from any other plants that it might overtake. Experiment with different varieties of mint to find the kind that you prefer: there’s peppermint, spearmint, pineapple mint, and even chocolate mint from which to choose, so you’ll always be able to try out a new flavor.
Dr. McCord and the team of professionals here at Mint Dental Care are ready to assist you with all of your dental care needs and we are proud to provide high quality care in a comfortable and family-friendly environment.