Peppermint May Freshen Breath but Worsen GERD

July 1, 2005

Because it relaxes the lower gastroesophageal sphincter, peppermint exacerbates gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Counsel patients with GERD to avoid very strong breath mints, as well as other peppermint candies.

Because it relaxes the lower gastroesophageal sphincter, peppermint exacerbates gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Counsel patients with GERD to avoid very strong breath mints, as well as other peppermint candies.