Natural Ways to Freshen Breath

Aerial view of cluster of green mint leaves that can naturally freshen breath if chewed

Bad breath has a range of causes, from eating strong foods to early stage gum disease and decay. Although it may take time to figure out the root cause of your bad breath, know that there are quite a few ways to freshen your breath naturally. Some of these simple remedies even have additional health benefits!

1. Mint

Drinking mint tea and chewing on mint leaves are both great ways to freshen up your breath quickly without having to worry about sugar-laden gums.

2. Spices

Rich, strong spices like cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon can all help your breath, in addition to regulating your blood sugar.

3. Say NO to Smoking & Illegal Drugs

It can be hard to quit smoking, but it’s one of the best things to do for your breath and your overall health. Furthermore, illegal drugs decrease your production of saliva, which leads to dry mouth and an increased risk for tooth decay and growth of bacteria that causes bad breath.

4. Brush with Baking Soda

Baking soda is alkaline, meaning it neutralizes the acid in your mouth and stops bad breath. However, you should only do this occasionally, since brushing with baking soda is abrasive and can damage your teeth’s enamel with prolonged use.

5. Gargle

Gargling with apple cider vinegar and saltwater are powerful ways to stop bad breath and kill germs in the back of your throat.

6. Brush & Floss

Brushing and flossing every day is one of the most effective ways to combat bad breath and prevent oral disease. Be sure to brush carefully for two minutes at a time at least twice a day. Remember to brush your tongue back to front, then side-to-side, every day as well.

Consult with Our Expert Team!

You don’t need to put up with bad breath. Some of the most simple things can help you combat smelly breath and regain your self-confidence. If your breath doesn’t improve, it’s important to see Dr. Rigby as soon as possible to determine the cause. Our team at Rigby Advanced Dental is here to help you with your oral health. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

Different Types of Floss

Floss is an essential part of everyone’s at-home oral health care regime. It is used to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth. You may not notice it, but food does get stuck between your teeth, and if it sits there for more than a day, plaque will build up. No matter how thorough you are with brushing, it is not enough to remove this plaque.


If you leave that plaque, it will harder and become tartar, which will also make you susceptible to gingivitis, gum disease, and eventually periodontitis. Not flossing, which is essentially poor oral hygiene, is almost always the cause for gum disease. If you leave decaying food and bacteria between your teeth, you will notice that when you do start to floss, your gums bleed.

Different Types of Floss

The market is saturated with different types of dental floss these days. Which one is best for you?

Dental Tape

Dental tape is a type of floss that is flatter and smoother than traditional flosses. It’s good for people who have a lot of crowding, because it easily slides between every nook and cranny.

Floss Picks

You’ve seen the small handled floss sticks: they’re really popular for flossing on the go or for people who have a difficult time holding the floss. Although this type of floss is convenient, it’s not going to get as many corners as traditional floss. Our recommendation: Use a floss pick in a pinch, but try not to rely on it for your daily flossing. Instead, stick to traditional floss.

Eco-Friendly Floss

Do you love the environment and want to protect it? Try a biodegradable floss like this one from Woo Bamboo or this one from Radius.

What is your favorite type of floss? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Rules for Flossing

Flossing is the number one thing patients say they forget to do when it comes to their dental hygiene plan. That’s unfortunate because it’s also one of the most important.  Flossing helps remove bacteria missed by brushing, which prevents gum disease and the loss of teeth.

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The Importance of Flossing

Brushing teeth properly and consistently helps to remove most dental plaque, but, brushing alone cannot remove plaque that is located in between teeth or other places that a toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing not only removes plaque from your teeth, it also helps with the following:
  • removing debris that sticks to teeth and gums in between teeth
  • polishes tooth surfaces
  • controls bad breath

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