It’s that time of the year again when Sunstar GUM is making sure we are all taking care of our breaths. You can get your #FreshBreathFix right here with a giveaway so stick around till the bottom of the post. Sunstar stocks all the goodies you need to get the freshest breath and go about your day with confidence.
What can cause bad breath?
When it comes to bad breath, experts agree that the tongue can often be the culprit.
“We recommend tongue scraping as part of a regular oral care routine,” says Stella Lamprecht, President of the Oral Hygienists’ Association of South Africa. “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.”
“Ideally use a tool specially designed for the job like the Sunstar GUM Tongue Cleaner,” says Dirna Grobbelaar, Ivohealth’s oral hygiene advisor. “Alternatively, use your toothbrush or a metal teaspoon turned upside down; both are better than not doing it at all.”
How do I use a tongue cleaner?
Start as far back as you can without gagging and gently scrape the tongue’s surface. Don’t use much pressure. It shouldn’t be painful or cause injury. Rinse the tool after each swipe and then gargle, using water or an alcohol-free mouthwash.
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.
“Brushing correctly, flossing in-between the teeth and cleaning the tongue are the cornerstones of effective oral care,” says Grobbelaar. “If plaque and food debris are not properly removed from the various parts of the mouth they break down and release foul-smelling gases, irritate the gums and potentially cause disease.”
For expert oral care advice speak to your dental professional or visit www.ivohealth.co.za.
Sunstar GUM is Giving Back
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.
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Disclosure: The information in the post is from the IVO Health Press release