You try to heed your dentist's advice, and you've stayed away from candy. But, perhaps that has been a harder task than you imagined. Do not fret; the following is an oral-friendly candy mint recipe that you can do at home and is easy to make.
Oral-Enhancing Secrets In Your Candy Mints
The following ingredients make these mints a powerful oral-enhancing treat:
Xylitol: A Different Type Of Sugar
Xylitol is a powdered sugar that will be used for this recipe. Regular white sugar is a carbohydrate that the cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth feed on. The bacteria will use white sugar to reproduce and dispel acids that can cause things like dental erosion, plaque, or cavities.
Thankfully, harmful bacteria cannot digest xylitol, so adding this type of sugar to your candy mints should help starve oral pathogens to death.
Apples: Tasty And Tooth-Friendly, Too
The recipe also calls for dehydrated, powdered apples. You can purchase these online or in your local health food store.
The reason you want to use apples is because they contain a special active ingredient called malic acid. Malic acid helps stimulate your salivary glands, which makes you produce more saliva. Saliva contains several enzymes and minerals that help your overall oral health. The enzymes help kill oral pathogens, and the minerals remineralize your teeth. Strong, remineralized teeth can fend off bacterial attacks better.
Cinnamon: Just Your Everyday Oral-Enhancer
Everyone knows cinnamon as a simple spice, yet cinnamon has so much more to offer. Thankfully, this recipe uses cinnamon, making your candy mints that much stronger. Cinnamon contains an active ingredient called cinnamic aldehyde. Cinnamic aldehyde helps destroy bacteria by fatally wounding their outer membranes. The type of bacteria affected by cinnamic aldehyde are responsible for things like bad breath and cavities.
Remember that these ingredients are only meant to prevent dental-related ailments. So, make sure you still keep up with your regular oral care regimen and make regular visits to a dentist, such as those at Valley Oak Dental Group Inc.to keep your teeth both looking and feeling great.
Making Your Apple and Cinnamon Mints
You will need the following:
- A bubble tea straw or thick straw
- 1 g of gum paste
- 5 drops of cinnamon oil
- Dehydrated apple powder
- Start with a clean counter or cutting board.
- Powder the counter or cutting board with both xylitol and apple powder.
- Put your gum paste over the powder, and knead slightly.
- Add 1 drop at a time of cinnamon oil as you knead the cinnamon in. You can taste the mixture to see if you want to add more cinnamon.
- Roll out the dough to about ⅛ of an inch thick.
- Use the straw to cut out your little cinnamon and apple candies.
- Let the candies air dry for a few days or until they have achieved your desired texture.
- The candies should last a few weeks, unless you eat them quickly.
As you can see, you can still have sweet treats while caring for your oral health, too.