One in five people regularly use mints in a bid to freshen their breath, according to new research – but they’re only making the problem worse. That’s according to a dentist who said the sugar not only rots teeth but causes odours. James Buchanan said: ‘Mints are a popular way to expel bad breath.
‘However, mouth bacteria turns sugar in mints to acid which wears down teeth and causes bad breath. It is best to use something like a sugar-free gum.’ Instead, he recommends eating yoghurt and fruit for breakfast to clean your mouth and freshen your breath. Celery and apples will also help by increasing your saliva and washing away odour-causing particles.