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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

National Fresh Breath Month #FreshBreathFix

February is the month of love, but did you know that it's National Fresh Breath Month too? Rather than getting in a twist about bad breath, it’s the ideal time to treat the tongue to a fresh breath fix. Experts say the tongue is often the cause of bad breath, and recommend daily cleaning as part of an effective oral care routine. My friends at G.U.M was kind enough to send me over a package with just the right tools for the job!
Tongue scrapping is recommended as part of your oral care routine. The surface of the tongue has tiny grooves where bacteria and plaque can accumulate. Removing the bacteria and debris on the tongue is one of the simplest ways to ensure fresh breath and a healthy mouth. Everyone, from children to older people, should incorporate it into their oral care on a daily basis. Cleaning the tongue at night can help prevent ‘morning’ breath.” says Stella Lamprecht, President of the Oral Hygienists’ Association of South Africa.
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.
·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.

These G.U.M products available at selected Dis-Chem, Clicks, pharmacies, dentists and retailers.

#FreshBreathFix
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