Expert advice for a brighter, whiter smile
A smile has been described as the most beautiful curve on the human body. Here’s 7 tips from Dirna Grobbelaar, our Oral Hygiene Advisor, to help you achieve your brightest, whitest smile – naturally.
- Clean your teeth correctly twice a day for a full two minutes each time.
- Clean in-between your teeth every day using floss or one of Sunstar GUM’s interdental tools such as Soft-Picks advanced.
- Go to the oral hygienist for a professional cleaning (ideally every six months).
- Use Sunstar GUM Original White toothpaste, floss and rinse to restore the original whiteness of teeth and prevent further staining.
- Use the Philips Sonicare rechargeable powerbrush – clinically proven to make teeth up to two shades whiter in two weeks.
- Brush, rinse with water or chew sugar-free gum after consuming berries, coke, coffee, tea or red wine. Green tea, white and herbal teas are less likely to stain than black tea.
- Don’t smoke.
The Sunstar GUM Original White range helps restore the original, natural whiteness of the teeth, effectively removing stains and helping prevent their reappearance. With its fortified fluoride content, GUM Original White protects and remineralises tooth enamel, providing maximum protection from decay and giving a smooth finish for enhanced shine.
The Sunstar GUM Original White range incorporates three quality products for a complete oral care routine:
- Sunstar GUM Original White Toothpaste 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.
- Sunstar GUM Original White Floss, made with micronized silica, helps remove stains between teeth and provides effective interdental plaque control.
- Alcohol-free Sunstar GUM Original White Rinse also contains StainClear to help remove stains from in-between the teeth as well as tiny crevices in tooth enamel. Made with fluoride and vitamins Original White Rinse delivers a protective coating over the tooth surface to prevent further staining.
For maximum benefit use the full Original White range and floss, brush and rinse daily.
What’s so different about Dentyl Dual Action?
What the dentist recommends and what we actually do to keep our mouths healthy, isn’t always in sync: brushing teeth for a full 2 minutes morning and evening; flossing every single day; not eating in-between meals … the list goes on. But when it comes to Dentyl Dual Action, dentists and patients seem to be on the same page.
Dental professionals recommend Dentyl Dual Action because it’s alcohol-free and has superior plaque-fighting power. People recommend it for many reasons. Here’s a few, pulled from product reviews we’ve recently received:
“It’s the best mouthwash I have ever used. It looks attractive, taste good, it works, it has no alcohol, it is gentle and does not sting, reasonably priced and overall definitely a winner!” — Homairah Dhorat
“Ek hou verskriklik van Dentyl mouthwash. Dit help my met sensitiewe gums. Eers kon ek nie koue of warm goed eet of drink nie, maar nou eet en drink ek amper alles. Dentyl mouthwash is n redding en ek gebruik dit nou gereeld en dit hou my mond vars.” — Lameez Williams
“If you have tried Dentyl Dual Action, you will never use any other mouthwash. Firstly, this mouthwash gets rid of the plaque, which you can clearly see in the basin after rinsing and gargling. Secondly, it leaves your mouth and breath fresh for 12 hours! The natural essential oils do not sting or dry your mouth. Use ½ a cap, twice a day.” — Jeanette Ras
“The best is the glitter my grandkids love …they call it unicorn juice.”— Brenda Fernandes
What do you enjoy most about Dentyl Dual Action? Is it the two distinct phases, the sparkle or its plaque-fighting power? Tell us today and leave a product review at the bottom of the product information paragraph. We’d love to hear what you think. If you haven’t already tried it, go on and #FeelTheDentylDifference!
You’ll find Dentyl Dual Action at Dis-Chem, selected dentists, Pick n Pay, Checkers, Spar & pharmacies.
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Whilst blood sugar control may be the most immediate concern for people affected by diabetes, it’s also important to take special care of the mouth, due to a potentially high risk of oral disease. For World Diabetes Day (14 November) our oral hygiene advisor Dirna Grobbelaar, shares expert information on maintaining a healthy mouth even when you have diabetes.
Oral health conditions associated with diabetes include gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath. Emerging research suggests a link between poorer glycaemic control in people and advanced gum disease (periodontitis).
The cause of many of the oral health problems that can affect people with diabetes is increased levels of glucose in the saliva. This creates an ideal breeding ground for the oral bacteria that cause bad breath, cavities and gum disease. People with diabetes also tend to have a lower resistance to infection and heal more slowly, which can exacerbate gum problems.
The best approach is prevention, through meticulous oral care. Brush correctly for two minutes, at least twice a day. Use a manual or power brush with soft bristles. Daily flossing to clean in-between is important. If you find floss too firm, try an interdental brush or gentle Sunstar GUM Soft-Picks. After eating, or for extra freshness, rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash like Dentyl Dual Action or Sunstar GUM antibacterial mouthrinse.
Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is another common side effect, an estimated 42% of people with diabetes experience reduced saliva flow. It may be an early sign prior to a diabetes diagnosis. Because saliva is the body’s natural way of cleaning the mouth, plaque and bacteria build up more quickly in a dry mouth, increasing the likelihood of gum disease, decay and bad breath. Drinking water will give temporary relief and chewing gum can stimulate saliva flow. There are also products especially developed to help produce saliva, such as Sunstar GUM Hydral Moisturising Gel and Moisturising Spray that lubricate, soothe, promote soft tissue repair and create a protective coating in the mouth.
Bleeding gums usually indicate gum disease, which is reversible if treated correctly in the early stages. You might find your gums bleed a little if you start flossing or become more diligent in your oral care routine. However this should only last a day or two, so it’s important to consult your dental professional if your gums bleed for longer. Treatment products like Sunstar GUM’s antibacterial mouth rinse and toothpaste are recommended.
Work as a team with your dentist and oral hygienist. Ensure that they know that you have diabetes. Book a check-up and professional clean at least every six months, or more if necessary. Here’s to living healthier with diabetes!