3 Steps To A Healthy Smile

#HealthySmiles123 – 3 Steps to a Healthy Smile with Sunstar GUM

During September, National Oral Health Month, the Sunstar GUM #HealthySmiles123 campaign focuses on the 3 most important steps for good oral health and a beautiful, healthy smile – brush, floss and rinse.

We received the essentials to maintain our  Healthy Smiles, below are the 3 important steps (in order) that should be part of your daily oral care routine and the correct Sunstar GUM tools to use.

Step 1: Brush

Brushing your teeth daily is an IMPORTANT part of your dental care routine. Brush correctly twice a day for two minutes each time. It is recommended to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging your gums and enamel, a soft-bristle brush is gentle yet effective. The toothbrush should also fit into your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily so always go for a smaller head. To correctly brush your teeth first brush the front and back of your teeth (outside part) in a circular motion, brush the top and inner part of your back teeth by moving the brush back and forth and to brush the inside of your front teeth tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes. Make sure that you also gently brush your gums, palate and tongue for fresh breath and overall healthy mouth.

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Sunstar GUM has a wide variety of toothbrushes to choose from we have reviewed their Technique+ Toothbrush which you can read about here. We recently started using their ActiVital Sonic toothbrush which is battery operated.

Sunstar GUM ActiVital Sonic Toothbrush – The ActiVital Sonic battery toothbrush vibrates to gently clean your teeth and stimulate your gums for a healthy oral care every day. Sunstar GUM ActiVital Sonic Toothbrush provides extra power for a healthy mouth and super clean teeth and gums. The ultra-tapered bristles are scientifically proven to remove up to 50% more plaque from between the teeth than a manual brush and reach deeper below the gumline.

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The ActiVital Sonic Toothbrush comes in two colours, black and white. The toothbrush is sleek, stylish with the green on and off buttons placed in the centre, silver ring around the neck and  ‘GUM’ printed in silver at the bottom and it is comfortable to use as the advanced ergonomic handle and slender neck absorbs any excess pressure allowing for a gentle thorough brushing experience and the head is small. Each toothbrush comes with a AAA battery, a protective cover that slides onto the head protecting the bristles and for hygienic purposes and an instruction booklet with a diagram and instructions telling you how to replace the head and battery. The bristles are closely packed together, there are white shorter bristles and blue longer pointy bristles in-between the shorter ones that reach better in tight gaps between the teeth effortlessly cleaning between the teeth and hard to reach places.

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A small bottom piece of the handle twists off easily to insert the battery, I like that a battery is included and that it only uses one small battery as batteries can be very pricey to buy separately. The battery cap twists back on safely securing the battery inside and preventing it from getting wet. The silver ring around the neck indicates where it can be pulled out to be replaced with a new head once the bristles have frayed. Small lines on the battery cap and handle and on the removable head and handle need be aligned when twisting them back on/or replacing, this indicates that it is properly secured onto the toothbrush/handle and won’t come off.

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The brush feels slender and comfortable in my hand and the small head makes brushing easier, I feel that it focuses more on each tooth when brushing than using a bigger head. The on and off buttons are easy to press, when pressed on the brush gently vibrates, I use it as I would a manual toothbrush. The gentle vibrations allows for a deep, gentle clean while also stimulating the gums. The vibration felt a bit weird at first and made my hand feel strange but after a couple of uses I got use to it and started to enjoy the vibration, it feels as if it’s gently massaging my gums while brushing. At first Moe and I were sceptical about the soft bristles when we felt just how soft they are but quickly got use to it after a couple of uses as we could feel that although it is gentle it is effective and doesn’t cause any harm to our gums and enamel. In the past we always used medium-bristled toothbrushes and toothbrushes with big heads and we always felt they clean better and clean a wider surface of our teeth but since we’ve switched to the ActiVital Toothbrush we realise that we were causing harm to our gums and teeth with the brushes we usually used. We no longer have bleeding gums when brushing, although the heads on our previous toothbrushes were bigger and covered more surface I doubt that it was really focusing on each individual tooth and the gaps in-between whereas with these toothbrushes we can feel that each tooth is clean and the head is not big that it hurts the gums when brushing.

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We are really enjoying the ActiVital Sonic toothbrush and highly recommend it for safe, gentle and effective cleaning and being able to buy replaceable heads and batteries makes this product value for money. The slim design of the toothbrushes make them easy to take on your travels, unlike the bigger battery operated and electric toothbrushes in the market and the travel cap provided protects the bristles from getting squashed and damaged and against germs.

It is important to replace your toothbrush or head every three months or when the bristles start to fray.

Sunstar GUM ActiVital Sonic Toothbrush is available in two colours, black and white at a recommended retail price of R245.00 The replacement heads are R86.00 for a 2-pack.

Sunstar GUM Original White Toothpaste – The Original White toothpaste is one of our favourites, it cleanses well, has a slight clove taste, freshens breath and it restores the original natural whiteness of teeth. It gently removes stains and prevents their reappearance without damaging the enamel. It contains Fluoride and Isomalt to reinforce tooth enamel, as well as Vitamin E for healthier, revitalised gums. The toothpaste contains low-abrasive micro-silica to gently remove surface stains and a unique StainClear agent to help dissolve stains in hard-to-reach areas. It does not contain any harsh abrasives and bleaching agents. For a detailed review click here.

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The Sunstar GUM Original White Toothpaste retails for R58.00.

Step 2: Clean In-Between

The next step to a healthy smile is to floss or clean in-between your teeth every day with an interdental tool that suits you best. Sunstar GUM has a wide variety of interdental tools to choose from.

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Sunstar GUM Original White Floss – Original White +Fluoride Waxed floss contains Fluoride and special micronized high cleaning silica in the outer wax that makes it four times more effective than regular floss at removing stains between the teeth and below the gum line.

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The Sunstar GUM Original White Floss retails for R56.00.

Sunstar GUM Soft-Picks Advanced – Soft-Picks Advanced is the latest disposable dental picks with soft rubber bristles that remove plaque and debris whilst gently massaging and stimulating the gums. It is wood and metal free making it gentle for gums and teeth. Ideal for adults and children.

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The Sunstar GUM Soft-Picks Advanced is available in three sizes (small, regular and large) and retails for R89.00.

Click on the links below for detailed reviews on the Sunstar GUM Original White Floss, Soft-Picks Advanced (available in 3 sizes) and more interdental tools. You can decide from the reviews which interdental tool will work best for you: https://aobmblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/floss-like-a-boss-with-sunstar-gum/

https://aobmblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/sunstar-gum-soft-picks-advanced/

For expert advice on how to ‘floss like a boss’ read the Ivohealth blog https://www.ivohealth.co.za/floss-like-boss/ or watch their YouTube videos here: https://youtu.be/Cpk_EPGc7tA

Step 3: Rinse

The last step is to rinse twice daily for at least 30 seconds after brushing your teeth. For an extra-clean mouth and fresh breath rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash.

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Sunstar GUM Original White Mouth Rinse – Original White Mouth Rinse is an alcohol-free mouthwash that 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. This is another favourite of ours.

Sunstar GUM Original White Mouth Rinse retails for R94.00.

Click on the link below for a detailed review on the Sunstar GUM Original White Toothpaste and Mouth Rinse: https://aobmblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/22/fresh-breath-fix-with-sunstar-gum/

Most dental professionals recommend a three step daily oral care routine incorporating brushing, cleaning in-between and rinsing. What’s the correct order and does it even matter? Cast your vote in the Sunstar GUM #HealthySmiles123 Poll on www.ivohealth.co.za/GUMHealthySmiles123 and you could win a Sunstar GUM oral care kit worth over R800.

Sunstar GUM is recommended by dental professionals around the world and available from selected Clicks, Dis-Chem, pharmacies, Checkers, Pick n Pay, SPAR or ask your dentist.

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