National Oral Health Month |How to pay extra attention to your oral hygiene

by Media Xpose

September is National Oral Health Month – time to pay extra attention to your oral hygiene. Two of the world’s most common health problems affect the mouth – cavities (dental caries) and gum disease.Gum disease ranks second only to the common cold in terms of prevalence, with an estimated 90% of South Africans experiencing the problem at some point.

While there is no substitute for regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings, a trustworthy home remedy can help keep teeth and gums clean and healthy between visits, and even reverse gingivitis.


Unlike the not so popular dental floss which can be difficult and time consuming to use, the Waterpik® water flosser (from R999.00) is an easier and more effective way to improve your oral health and enjoy the cleanest, freshest mouth possible. Brushing alone is not enough! Just one minute a day, prior to brushing, ensures a cleaner, fresher and healthier mouth. Waterpik® Water Flossers are clinically proven to remove up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas. The unique combination of water pressure and pulsations is up to 50% more effective for improving gum health than ordinary string floss.

Using a Waterpik® Water Flosser is clinically proven to:

·       Remove up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas along the gum line and between teeth

·       Help prevent, reduce, or reverse gingivitis (gum disease)

·       Help prevent tooth decay and future dental work

Waterpik® Water Flossers

WF-02 Cordless Express Water Flosser – R999.00

The WF-02 Cordless Express Water Flosser is the easy, more effective way to floss and ideal for braces and other dental work. Requiring only 3x AA batteries to operate, makes it great for travel. 

The unit comes with two unique Classic Jet tips for general use.

WP-450 Cordless Plus Water Flosser – R1,399.00

The WP-450 Cordless Plus water flosser takes up less space on the countertop and include four unique tips to clean deep between teeth and below the gumline where traditional string floss can’t reach.

Up to 2x as effective as string floss at improving gum health

– Classic Jet tip – general use.

– Plaque Seeker tip – best for implants, crowns, veneers and bridges and removes plaque in hard-to-reach areas.

– Orthodontic tip – ideal for braces and is 3x as effective as floss for removing plaque around orthodontic appliances.

– Tongue cleaner – removes bacteria from the tongue to freshen breath.

 WP-100 Ultra Water Flosser – R1,499.00 (available in black or white)

The WP-100 Ultra Water Flosser is the ultimate in water flossing performance. It features 10 pressure settings for optimum control. The contemporary design is compact with a covered reservoir to keep out dust and debris. Six unique tips are stored in the unique undercover compartment in the lid of the reservoir. 

– 2x Classic Jet Tips – general use.

– Toothbrush Tip – general use.

– Plaque Seeker® Tip – implants, bridges, crowns and general use.

– Orthodontic Tip – braces and general use.

– Pik Pocket™ Tip – periodontal pockets and furcations.

Waterpik® Water Flossers are available from Dis-Chem and selected dentists, as well as online from and

Zoom Whitening

Offering a wide range of both in chair and at home products, Philips Zoom Whitening provides a professional, safe and effective solution to stained teeth, leaving you with a bright white and confident smile. 

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For the eco conscious, Earthsap has two great toothpastes, safe for the whole family.

Earthsap Tea Tree, Mint & Herbs Toothpaste 100ml – R59.99

This is a really fresh natural toothpaste, free from harmful stuff like fluoride, lauryl sulphate and other artificial preservatives and fragrances. It’s made with only natural ingredients, selected because they will care for your teeth and gums. This means it’s not only effective in getting rid of plaque build-up and bacteria, but also keeps your whole mouth healthy. This Earthsap toothpaste is made with a blend of healing tea tree, refreshing mint and herb oils. Earthsap’s entire range of products has been developed by microbiologists using the very best natural Ingredients. This fluoride-free natural toothpaste is safe for your whole family and kind to the planet as well.

  • Tea tree oil is antibacterial and will keep your gums healthy.
  • Mint oil gives this toothpaste a fresh flavour and cooling, soothing properties.
  • Research shows that xylitol kills cavity-causing bacteria.
  • No synthetic fragrances, artificial preservatives, phosphates, petrochemicals, chlorine or bleaches used. Contains no lauryl sulphate.
  • No animals were harmed to make this product.
  • 100% biodegradable and non-toxic.
  • No fluoride added.

Earthsap Peppermint & Baking Soda Toothpaste 100ml R59.99

This natural toothpaste is so fresh, and gentle enough for your whole family to use. It’s been made with a blend of special ingredients like peppermint oil and xylitol to look after your teeth and gums. Plus the baking soda will get rid of stains, so you can show off your pearly whites. And if that doesn’t give you enough to smile about, this toothpaste is also 100% fluoride-free, safe and biodegradable! Earthsap’s entire product range is really affordable and easy to use, especially if you’re new to natural products. All of their formulas have been developed by microbiologists using the very best natural Ingredients. That means they’re safe for your family and your environment.

  • Peppermint oil gives this toothpaste a lovely fresh burst of flavour, plus it’s cooling and soothing.
  • Baking soda is a mild and gentle abrasive that whitens your teeth.
  • Research shows that xylitol kills the cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth.
  • No synthetic fragrances, artificial preservatives, phosphates, petrochemicals, chlorine or bleaches used.
  • Free of lauryl sulphate; no fluoride added.
  • No animals were harmed to make this product.
  • 100% biodegradable and non-toxic.

 Earthsap is a Proudly South African Brand that for over 20 years has been producing non-toxic, natural home cleaning and cosmetic products. All Earthsap products are naturally derived and biodegradable, making them a good choice, not only for your health, but also for the health of our planet. Earthsap cleaners and cosmetics, formulated with skilled micro-biologists, are based on pure simple ingredients including coconut, palm, citrus, and other plant oils.

Only pure essential oils are used for fragrance and therapeutic benefits. They are safe for your family, pets and environment. They do not harm aquatic life or affect marine plant growth. Enjoy Earthsap products knowing that it is good for the environment and good for you.

Earthsap Products are:

ü  Natural

ü  Vegan

ü  Proudly South African

ü  Not Tested On Animals

ü  Use no dyes , synthetic fragrances or SLES/SSL

ü  Contain no Artificial preservatives, phosphates ,petrochemicals , chlorine or bleach

ü  100% biodegradable

Many diseases, allergies and asthma have been linked to the toxic chemicals found in our cleaners and toiletries. None of these ingredients are ever included in Earthsap products, making them the best option for personal care and cleaning your home. The Earthsap Cosmetics range and Home cleaning range is extensive and there is a product for every sphere of your life and every family member.

Earthsap Stockists: Wellness Warehouse, Selected Spars and Pick n Pays, health shops nationwide and

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