Mint, spearmint, and peppermint are synonymous with that refreshing, cooling taste and feeling that we’re used to seeing in oral care products along with other personal care items like body wash, lotions and shampoos.
But have you ever wondered why these familiar minty ingredients are used in personal care and oral care products, especially toothpaste?
We’re breaking down what you’re mint to know about this special, invigorating plant. In this blog article, we’ll discuss:
- The origins and science behind mint
- Why mint is commonly found in personal and oral care products
- How and why you should use mint, peppermint, and spearmint
The Origins and History of Mint
The use of mint can be traced back several centuries, including ancient Greece. Mint is actually an umbrella term that covers a wide variety of plants like peppermint and spearmint.
But often times when you hear the word “mint,” spearmint is what people typically are typically referring to. To give you a little history lesson, the word “mint” comes from the Latin word mentha, which is rooted in the Greek word minthe.
According to Greek mythology, Minthe was a beautiful wood nymph who caught the eye of Hades. Hades’ wife, Persephone, became incredibly jealous over her husband’s wandering eye and turned Minthe into a crawling plant. Hades couldn’t reverse the spell, so he made Minthe smell good so that she would always be noticed and never taken for granted (Natural Society).
From these ancient times to the modern day, mint has commonly been used to treat a host of ailments from upset stomachs to stinky breaths.
Why Mint is Commonly Found in Personal Care Products
But why is mint so popular? To start, mint tastes fantastic. It’s a classic taste that we instantly associate with a clean feeling.
Mint also contains a compound called menthol that which triggers cold-sensitive reporters in soft tissues that produce a cooling sensation. Mint has also shown to contain antibacterial properties!
The next time you’re in your bathroom, check out your products and see if mint is listed on an ingredients list. And the next time you feel a tingly, cool sensation when using your products, you can thank mint.
How and Why You Should Use Mint, Peppermint, and Spearmint
In terms of oral care, mint is more than just a tasty flavor. It actually benefits the mouth by:
- Inhibiting the growth of bacteria in the mouth
- Helping prevent tooth decay
- Anti-inflammatory properties can keep gums healthy
- Naturally whitening teeth
And you can get the benefits of both peppermint and spearmint with Dr. Brite products! You can find spearmint in our Whitening Mint Toothpaste, Cleansing Mint Mouthwash, and Natural Teeth Whitening Pens. Looking for peppermint? Check out our Brite & Fresh Oral Spray for fresh breath and our Soothe & Restore Oral Spray to help heal gum pain.