Natural ingredients including sea salt, charcoal and even cocoa are growing in popularity in the oral care market, due to their wide-randing health benefits.
Sea salt in particular has a host of benefits, including keeping oral microbiota in balance, alkalising the oral cavity and neutralising acids.
One company that embraces this natural approach is Olgani, which has always been committed to using only natural and organic ingredients in its oral care products.
With this in mind, they’ve recently introduced new No Paste, No Waste toothpowders. These contain non-abrasive blends of botanical and natural minerals that work together to promote dental health.
The new Olgani Charcoal & Cocoa toothpowder whitens the tooth enamel, prevents sensitivity and supports gum tissue.
Its ingredients include charcoal and turmeric to whiten the teeth, liquorice to prevent cavities, coffee oil to improve blood flow in the gum tissue and vitamin E to support the gum tissue.
It also contains echinacea to stimulate the immune system, cocoa to improve mineral absorption into the teeth and a blend of essential oils to prevent bad breath.
The new Olgani Sage & Wintergreen toothpowder helps to prevent plaque and cavities, freshen the breath and prevent periodontal disease.
It contains green tea to strengthen the gum tissue, liquorice to prevent cavities, gingko biloba to improve blood circulation in the gums, olive leaf to control bacterial and viral infections, goldenseal to control fungal infections and rice flour to polish the tooth enamel.
Olgani also offers a range of natural toothpastes and mouthwashes, all containing natural food-grade ingredients; the unique NutrireB base – a blend of sea salt, rice flour, sesame and coconut oil; powerful healing herbal extracts, and formulas targeting specific problems.
For a toothpaste, choose between the Olgani Detoxifying Charcoal, Mighty Cocoa, Herbal Refresh and Mineral Rich products. The options for mouthwashes are Sage & Spearmint and Clove & Xylitol.
“Our bodies, through our mouths, absorb all the ingredients in the oral care products we use. This is why we should ask ourselves, ’Is it good enough to eat?’” says Olgani founder Olga Niemkiewicz. “When we listen to our bodies, they guide us towards the natural ingredients that will benefit us most.”
World Oral Health Day 2020 – Unite For Mouth Health
This year’s World Oral Health Day on 20 March, comes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic – the biggest health crisis the world has faced in more than a century. Although it demands less-pressing attention, oral disease is a global health epidemic and should not be overlooked. More than half the world’s population, an estimated 3.58 billion people, suffer from oral diseases, many of which are preventable.
As well as having the confidence that comes with a beautiful smile, taking care of your mouth is essential for good health and well-being, at every age. In most cases, a good oral hygiene routine, regular dental check-ups and a healthy lifestyle will prevent tooth decay and gum disease, the most common oral health problems.
So, what should – or could – you do to improve your oral health? The World Oral Health Day team have some suggestions!
I pledge to:
- Brush my teeth even when I’m tired
- Replace my worn-out toothbrush
- Start cleaning in-between
- Make time to visit the dentist
- Cut down on sugary treats
- Always keep my mouth clean
You can inspire others to improve their oral health by sharing your pledge with the world here.
Let’s #UniteForMouthHealth! #WOHD20
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Dental Wellness Trust Graduation Party
The Dental Wellness Trust recently hosted a graduation party for some of the children participating in their LiveSmart oral education programme at Nyameko Primary School, Mfuleni, Cape Town. Each child received a certificate and a T-shirt sponsored by Sunstar GUM and Thryve. The children’s enthusiasm for keeping their teeth clean was delightful. Look at the happy, healthy smiles in the pics below.
The Dental Wellness Trust, a charity organisation, was founded by London-based, South African born dentist Dr Linda Greenwall in 2011. Concerned about the growing numbers of children needing general anesthetic for extractions due to heavily decayed teeth, Greenwall established the charity to provide basic oral care and hygiene skills. Today their LiveSmart Oral Education programme reaches around 15, 000 children) in low-income areas of South Africa (over 13, 000 in Cape Town and 2, 000 in Johannesburg). Trained ‘toothbrushing mamas’ teach the children basic oral care and hygiene skills, in their communities.
Dr Greenwall says many South Africans don’t know the basic oral skills: “When they first join us many children don’t own a toothbrush, they may share one with their family. It’s unsurprising so many have dental disease before the age of six. Brushing the teeth correctly twice a day is essential for good oral health, fresh breath and to prevent cavities.”
Ivohealth, Sunstar GUM and Thryve are proud to support this worthy organisation 🙂
Take a #FreshBreathCheck this February
Is your oral care routine on point? Take the Sunstar GUM FreshBreathCheck this February to find out. You could win oral care prizes worth over R2,500 (including a year of oral hygiene treatments). Better still, when you enter, Sunstar GUM will donate a toothbrush to the Dental Wellness Trust on your behalf. Terms and conditions apply.
Dentist Dr Linda Greenwall is founder of the Dental Wellness Trust, which teaches oral hygiene skills to over 15, 000 children in poorly-resourced areas of Cape Town and Johannesburg. “Brushing the teeth correctly is essential for good oral health, fresh breath and to prevent cavities. Yet when they first join us, many children don’t know basic oral care or own a toothbrush. It’s no surprise that so many South African children have dental disease by the age of six.”
You can learn more about our commitment to this worthy cause here.
How did your oral routine score in the #FreshBreathCheck? If you didn’t score top marks you are not alone! According to experts, around half of South Africans suffer from bad breath and it is often due to inadequate oral hygiene.
If you would like to improve your oral health, read this article which spells out the four essential steps for fresh breath and a healthier mouth.