For decades mint has proven to be the leader of the pack when it comes to dental flavour. The main reason mint is the herb of choice, time and time again is its strong ability to mask other flavours. The manufacturers of dental products use chemical ingredients that are needed to clean germs from your breath, gums and teeth. To mask these bitter flavours, they use menthol from mint.
The dental industry has seen mint as the major flavour used. In recent years there has been an inclusion of actives in toothpastes and mouth washes with consumers looking for whiter teeth and for those with sensitivities the ability to brush without the shooting pain.
Not only does mint prevent tooth decay and the growth of bacteria, it works as an anti-inflammatory to keep gums healthy. The number one reason mint is included in most toothpastes and mouth washes is the menthol content. The menthol activates a cooling sensation on our gums, tongue and inside our mouth. That cooling fresh feeling along with the elimination of bad breath is why mint is the prized ingredient in oral care products.
It’s hard to imagine dental care products without the minty flavour, but the demand for variety in the oral care market will see an increase in new and exciting flavours introduced like liquorice, ginger and cinnamon. We will also see companies target consumers moods with morning mouthwash containing citrus, herbs and berry flavours or calming night-time toothpaste blends that include lavender, honey and chamomile.
Our flavourists and essential oil experts can help develop products with flavours other than just mint to flavour your dental care range. Contact them today 0397023698 or book a spot in our sensory lab to find out more.