Sunday, 18 February 2018

Fresh Breath Month

Hey Beauties !

I'm sure we all know that February is commonly known as the month of love. Along with the month of love , February is also National Fresh Breath month. 

Did you know that when it comes to bad breath , your tongue could usually be the main culprit . It is recommended that tongue scrapping should be part of a regular oral care routine. 

In some cultures, cleaning the tongue has been a tradition since ancient times. For centuries, Indian Ayurvedic medicine has recommended daily scraping for mental, physical and spiritual well-being. More recently research has shown that cleaning the tongue improves breath odour and the sense of taste.

My friends at Ivohealth , Sunstar Gum kindly sent me some goodies to share with you all on how to keep the breath in tact. Below are the products I have been sent. If you would like to know more information based on these products , feel free to check out my previous blog posts about them.

(information obtained from the PR email I got sent ) 

·         Sunstar GUM Tongue Cleaner (recommended retail price R56) – effectively helps remove plaque and food debris from the surface of the tongue. The two sides provide a dual action - bristles to gently brush and a serrated edge to wipe the surface clean.

·         Sunstar GUM Technique+ toothbrush (R62) - designed to provide advanced cleaning, even below the gumline. The non-slip quad grips are positioned so that the bristles are effortlessly placed at the 45 degree angle recommended for optimal below-the-gumline cleaning. The Dome Trim® bristles are clinically proven to clean below the gumline reducing plaque, gingival inflammation and bleeding. The extended SuperTip eliminates plaque from hard to reach places.

·         GUM Original White toothpaste (R57) - helps remove stains and prevent their reappearance without damaging enamel. It contains fluoride to reinforce tooth enamel, as well as vitamins for healthier gums. It contains low-abrasive micro-silica to gently remove surface stains and a unique StainClear agent to help dissolve stains in hard-to-reach areas.

·         GUM Original White floss (R56)  made with micronized silica to help remove stains between teeth and provides effective interdental plaque control. 

·         GUM Original White mouth rinse (R92) - alcohol-free Sunstar GUM Original White Rinse contains StainClear to help remove stains from in-between the teeth and the tiny crevices in tooth enamel. Made with a patented combination of fluoride, Isomalt and vitamins, Original White Rinse delivers advanced mineralisation for stronger and shinier teeth, helping prevent further staining while strengthening gums and teeth.

The products are available from Dischem , Clicks , pharmacists , dentists & retailers nationwide. 

Get a Fresh Breath Fix and support the Dental Wellness Trust this February
When you sign up for Ivohealth’s newsletter this February they’ll donate a Sunstar GUM toothbrush to the Dental Wellness Trust’s oral health education programme in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. To donate a brush simply sign up on before 28 February. Terms and conditions apply.


How to clean your tongue
By Dirna Grobbelaar, Ivohealth’s Oral Hygiene Advisor

1.     Ideally use a tool specially designed for cleaning the tongue like the Sunstar GUM Tongue Cleaner. If you don’t have one, use your toothbrush or a metal teaspoon turned upside down.
2.     Clean your tongue each time your brush your teeth (twice a day) especially if you smoke or suffer from post-nasal drip.
3.     Gently scrape from as far back as you can without gagging, to the front of the tongue. Breathing out as your clean the back of the tongue helps prevent gagging.
4.     Rinse the tool between each swipe.
5.     Gargle with water or an alcohol-free mouthwash (like Sunstar GUM Original White or Dentyl Active). 
6.     Clean the tongue before or after brushing and flossing - whichever you prefer. Cleaning the tongue at night can help prevent ‘morning breath’.
7.     For extra freshness use a small amount of toothpaste and gently brush the tongue before cleaning.

The Sunstar GUM Tongue Cleaner cleverly has two edges – one with soft bristles to gently brush the tongue and one with a serrated edge to wipe clean. Here’s how to use it most effectively:

1.     Softly brush your tongue using the bristles edge. Use a small amount of toothpaste for extra freshness.
2.     Use the serrated edge to gentle scrape the tongue from the far back to front.
3.     Start as far back as you can without gagging.
4.     After each swipe rinse the Tongue Cleaner under running water. 
5.     For extra fresh breath confidence complete your oral care routine by rinsing and gargling with alcohol-free Dentyl Active mouthwash.


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Overall I'm always impressed with the Sunstar Gum brand , it accomplishes wonders for my highly sensitive teeth. I suggest you also check them out , you won't be disappointed. 

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