In the last couple of months I’ve had a box of these fresh mints in all of my handbags. I chew a mint a time and there are so good, yummy & even healthy that I’ve got slightly addicted. Time to blog about them!
Peppersmith make mints and gums that are actively good for your teeth by steering clear of sugar and only using 100% xylitol which helps reduce plaque and tooth decay. Wowser!
What is a xylitol?
Xylitol is a naturally occuring sugar alternative. Its name comes from “xylon” – the Greek word for wood. The one in Peppersmith comes from beech trees and vegetables – totally vegan friendly. It has fewer calories than sugar (about 40% less), has a lower GI and, most importantly, has well established active dental health benefits.
How does it work?
Tooth decay starts with harmful bacteria in the mouth which form plaque. Sugary foods give these bacteria energy to multiply and produce acids that dissolve the enamel of the tooth and cause decay.
When bacteria absorb xylitol they can’t produce acids and they can’t multiply – in fact numbers are reduced by up to 90%. It also prevents them from sticking to teeth so less plaque is formed.
Dentists recommend you should have 5g of xylitol a day to get all the benefits. Split this into several servings, idially after every snack or meal when there’s a risk of acid attack.
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