Introducing Olgani Toothpowder
Natural ingredients including sea salt, charcoal and even cocoa are growing in popularity in the oral care market, due to their wide-ranging 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 ingredients 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.
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.
PS: Congratulations to Abeda Albertyn and Brenda Fernandes, winners of our #FeelTheDentylDifference competition. For more chances to win, follow us on Facebook or Instagram for news, expert oral care tips and regular competitions. Or subscribe to our monthly newsletter on our Ivohealth website home page.
World Oral Health Day – 20 March 2019
Oral ill-health is a global problem; around 90% of the world’s population will experience tooth decay, gum disease or other oral diseases at some point in their lives. In South Africa, where we have limited dental public health services, an estimated 60% of primary school children already have dental decay; the majority will not receive treatment.
Fortunately, most oral diseases are preventable and prevention is the key message to this year’s World Oral Health Day on 20 March. The FDI World Dental Federation is calling on everyone to take action to prevent oral disease and protect their overall health with the theme ‘Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health’.
Our Oral Hygiene Advisor, Dirna Grobbelaar, agrees that taking action and following an effective daily oral care routine is vital to maintain a healthy mouth for life. She recommends these three daily steps for good oral health:
- Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, using a manual or powerbrush, like the new Sunstar GUM ActiVital Sonic toothbrush. World Oral Health Day tip: don’t rinse with water straight after brushing, simply spit out any excess toothpaste.
- Clean in-between the teeth every day, using floss or another tool, such as Sunstar GUM Soft-Picks or tiny interdental If you’re not sure how to do it correctly, or what tool to use, ask your dentist or oral hygienist
- Rinse, either as a final step, after eating or when brushing isn’t possible. Use an alcohol-free mouthwash containing fluoride (like Dentyl Dual Action or Sunstar GUM Original White) or chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva and naturally ‘rinse’ the mouth.
In addition to your daily three step oral care routine, the World Oral Health Day campaign recommends several lifestyle tips for a healthy mouth, including:
- Eat a nutritious diet and limit high-sugar snacks and drinks. In a bid to reduce non-communicable ‘lifestyle’ diseases, including dental caries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) now recommends reducing ‘free’ sugar consumption to less than 5% of total energy intake.
- Don’t smoke and limit alcohol. Tobacco and alcohol increase the risk of gum disease and oral cancer. If you use a mouthwash, choose an alcohol-free variety (like Dentyl Dual Action or Sunstar GUM Original White or Alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash).
- If you do contact sport, protect your teeth with a mouth guard.
Dirna advises that everyone has regular dental check-ups and cleanings. “If possible see the dentist at least once a year and ideally have a professional scale and polish every six months. The dentist or oral hygienist can remove plaque and tartar that you are unable to remove by brushing. If not removed, the build-up will irritate the gums and cause gum disease.”
Prevention, early detection and prompt treatment will help you reduce the risk of oral diseases and ensure the best treatment outcome. For the sake of your health, it’s time to wise-up on your oral hygiene and ‘Act on Mouth Health’.
For more expert oral care advice speak to your dental professional or sign up for our monthly Ivohealth newsletter, packed with expert info, news and competitions.
To test your oral health know-how complete the World Oral Health Day checklist www.worldoralhealthday.org.
Expert advice for fresh breath
According to experts, around half of South Africans suffer from bad breath and this is often due simply to inadequate oral hygiene. We asked three dental professionals to explain the most essential steps to help you beat bad breath for good.
Dr Linda Greenwall is a London-based dentist who founded the Dental Wellness Trust. Their South African LiveSmart programme currently teaches good oral care to 15,000 children in poorly-resourced areas of Cape Town and Johannesburg. 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.”
This isn’t only a problem in low-income areas; according to Angelique Kearney, President of the Oral Hygiene Association of South Africa (OHASA). ”More than half of South Africans suffer from bad breath, medically known as halitosis. It goes hand in hand with poor oral hygiene, gum disease and other oral health issues. Only a very small percentage of cases of oral malodour are caused by sinus problems or metabolic diseases.”
Bad breath is caused by bacteria on the teeth, gums and tongue. “If bacteria, plaque and food debris are not properly removed from the mouth they break down and release foul-smelling gases, irritate the gums and potentially cause disease,” says Dirna Grobbelaar, Ivohealth’s Oral Hygiene Advisor.
“Additional tools like an alcohol-free mouthwash and toothpaste are helpful, but most important part of your oral care routine is the mechanical removal of plaque on the teeth”, says Kearney.
All three experts agree an effective daily oral care routine is the best way to keep the mouth healthy and breath fresh. Grobbelaar explains the four essential steps to beat bad breath:
- Brush correctly twice a day for a full two minutes each time, this will remove about 50% of plaque. Use a soft-bristled brush and small movements. Don’t brush hard, it can damage your gums. Sonic toothbrushes – like the Philips Sonicare or Sunstar GUM ActiVital Sonic have been shown to remove more plaque than a manual brush.
- Clean in-between the teeth every day, using floss or another interdental tool, such as Sunstar GUM Soft-Picks or tiny interdental brushes. If you’re not sure how to do it correctly, or which tool to use, ask your dental professional. These videos will help you can floss like a boss.
- Remove plaque and food debris from the tongue by gently scraping the surface once a day using a teaspoon or a tool specially designed for the job like the Sunstar GUM Tongue Cleaner.
- In addition to your daily routine, book an appointment with your dentist at least once a year and ideally go for a professional clean every six months. Dentists and oral hygienists have the expertise and tools to remove plaque and tartar that you can’t, even with the most meticulous oral routine.
To check if your oral routine is really effective, try Sunstar GUM Red-Cote Disclosing Tablets, available from dentists and pharmacies. Simply chew one of the cherry-flavoured tablets after brushing to reveal any areas you’ve missed, then brush and floss again until your mouth is completely clean. These are great tools to help teach children good oral hygiene.
For expert oral advice, speak to your dental professional or subscribe to our monthly newsletter for up-to-date info and news.
September is National Oral Health Month
Following on from the international news reports last year that flossing is no longer necessary, should you still clean in-between? According to local dental professionals – absolutely! Says Stella Lamprecht, President of the Oral Hygienists’ Association of South Africa, “We can honestly say you only have to floss those teeth that you would like to keep. There are a lot of conflicting messages out there, but as oral hygienists, we recommend that you floss.”
The South African Dental Association (SADA) shares a similar view, “It is essential to floss or to use interdental brushes,” says Dr Nosipho Mzobe, SADA’s Head of Education. “The aim is to minimise the bacteria and micro-organisms that build up in the mouth causing tooth decay and disease. Brushing alone cannot remove it all, particularly in-between the teeth.”
Each tooth has five surfaces and brushing can reach only three. The other two surfaces are usually in close contact, allowing food debris and bacteria to get stuck and build up, above and below the gums. If this is not removed properly it will irritate the gums and eventually cause disease.
Although daily flossing or interdental cleaning is recommended, less than a third of South Africans floss on the recommended daily basis. Many people cite a lack of time or finding floss difficult to use. “It’s important to use floss correctly, otherwise you it may be ineffective or even damaging,” says Dr Mzobe. “Ask your oral hygienist or dentist to show you the correct method.”
“Cleaning in-between can be quick and easy if you have the right tools and know how,” says Ivohealth’s oral hygiene advisor Dirna Grobbelaar. She recommends using traditional string floss or a special tool. “Interdental brushes are excellent at cleaning bigger gaps, around braces, bridges or crowns. Floss on handle, like disposable GUM Easy Flossers are great for children or people with limited dexterity. If budget allows, consider power options like the Panasonic Oral Irrigator or the Sonicare AirFloss which jets a microburst of air and water between the teeth. Any of these tools can be effective; the main thing is to find a floss or tool that suits you, your mouth and your lifestyle,” says Grobbelaar.
How to ‘floss like a boss’ for a clean, fresh, healthy mouth:
- Take about 30cm of floss
- Wind the floss around your middle fingers
- Hold it floss between thumbs and index fingers
- Slide the floss in-between teeth using a gentle back-and-forth sawing action
- Fold floss around the side of a tooth in a C-shape
- Slide the floss up and down, against tooth and just under the gum line
- Repeat on the neighbouring tooth
- Pull out and repeat using a clean section of the floss
Watch the 30 second ‘how to floss’ videos, for people with normal teeth, implants and braces. There’s even a video on ‘alternatives to floss’.
Says Cape Town oral hygienist Elna van der Ham, “A clean tooth cannot be diseased. Discarding the use of dental floss would be irresponsible to say the least.”
We are proud to announce that our parent company Ivodent, has partnered with Liechtenstein-based Ivoclar Vivadent, leading manufacturers of innovative dental applications, to open a high-tech dental training and continuing education centre.
Based in Cape Town, this International Centre for Dental Education (ICDE), the first in Southern Africa, will draw dentists, dental technologists, therapists and oral hygienists to its workshop, which is equipped with the very latest in state-of-the-art training equipment.
“It is vital to keep the profession well informed,” says Ian Hockly, Technical Advisor, Ivodent, which takes on the responsibility and management of the centre, the culmination of a long collaboration between Ivodent and Ivoclar Vivadent.
“We are moving into an era of dentistry only dreamt about many years ago. Many procedures can now be done in a lab using Cadcam, and there are developments such as three-D printing and the potential of robotics.
“But advances in technologies and materials can be confusing and a facility such as this will help the profession stay abreast with developments as they happen. Continuing education is essential to place new products in the market and have the correct protocols to achieve desired predictable results,” says Hockly.
“Continuing education is essential to keep SA dental professionals up to date to serve the needs of their patients at the highest level. The centre opens exciting educational opportunities for the dental community of SA and neighbouring countries.”
For details on the Ivodent International Centre for Dental Education view www.ivodentonline.co.za.
Mouth ulcers are usually a small problem that can be a big pain, making eating, drinking or even talking uncomfortable.
About three-quarters of people will experience mouth ulcers at some point. They are often caused by a minor injury (e.g. biting the cheek accidentally) or can be recurring ‘aphthous’ ulcers, which often first appear in childhood and adolescence. Allergies can trigger mouth ulcers and babies and young children often develop them as a result of common viruses including Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, the Coksackie Virus and Herpes Simplex (Herpetic Gingivostomatitis).
Our oral hygiene expert Dirna Grobbelaar says that whilst ulcers can be uncomfortable, they should not be a cause for too much concern. “Mouth ulcers are not contagious and usually clear up by themselves in a few days.”
She does, however, warn against neglecting one’s oral care routine. “Mouth ulcers expose sensitive nerve endings which can make cleaning your mouth uncomfortable. However, maintaining good oral hygiene at this time can promote quicker healing and will keep your teeth and gums healthy.
“After eating and before going to bed, rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash such as GUM Alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash to help prevent the ulcer becoming infected. Continue to brush your teeth correctly twice a day, using a soft-bristled or child’s toothbrush if necessary. If your toothpaste stings try a non-foaming toothpaste like GUM Alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash Gel or all-natural Olgani Herbal Toothpaste.
“Avoid acidic, spicy or salty foods and drinks, which may burn. Drinking with a straw may help, but be careful that hot drinks do not burn the throat.”
There are various products available at pharmacies to relieve the pain of mouth ulcers. Grobbelaar recommends Aloclair gel or spray. “Aloclair forms a barrier over the sensitive nerve endings to give immediate pain relief. The protective coating helps reduce irritation and prevent food or bacteria infecting the ulcer. This allows the ulcer to heal faster. The spray and gel are easy to apply and contain soothing Aloe Vera.”
Most mouth ulcers will last up to 10 days before clearing up naturally. If an ulcer does not heal within two to three weeks consult your doctor or dentist – oral cancer rates are on the rise globally and predicted to treble in the next generation. An ulcer can be an early indicator and it is important to rule this out.