• Treat your tongue to a #FreshBreathFix

    Some people find it quite strange but I really enjoy brushing my teeth. I am even one of those people that has dental floss in my handbag. I take dental care seriously and love the feeling of a freshly cleaned mouth.  So whenever I am asked if I would like a Sunstar GUM #FreshBreathKit I always say yes. These are products I use often and purchase for JP and I so it’s great to be working with then again this year. The focus of this year’s National Fresh Breath month is how to clean your tongue.
    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 www.ivohealth.co.za/contact-us 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.

    Here is a rundown of products to help you achieve a fresh breath:
    1. 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. It is very comfortable to use and definitely leaves my mouth feeling so much more fresher.
    2. 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. These toothbrushes are really great at cleaning hard to reach places. It leaves teeth feeling smooth and clean.
    3. 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.
    4. GUM Original White floss (R56)  made with micronized silica to help remove stains between teeth and provides effective interdental plaque control. I love this floss! It never makes my gums bleed and expands to get in under the gum line to loosen food. I even have one of these in my handbag to make sure I don't have to deal with things stuck in my teeth all day.
    5. 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. I definitely notice an improvement in the appearance of my teeth when using this mouth wash. It cleans well and doesn't burn your mouth while you are swooshing it around. I find some mouth washes to be incredibly harsh and unpleasant to use.

    I am lucky that my local P’nP stocks many of the Sunstar GUM range so it is easy for me to get hold of them but you can also purchase these from Clicks and Dischem stores across the country.

    Big Hugs,

    Charlene XXX

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