10 things for you to smile about this World Oral Health Day
(Posted on 17/03/17)
Oral health is an important part of overall wellness. And healthy teeth look great! Who doesn’t want a pearly white smile? Most consumers are aware that brushing, flossing and using mouth wash are key to maintaining a healthy mouth but let’s face it, it’s a daily routine that most of us have to grin and bear. So, how can the average consumer inject a little fun into their regular oral hygiene routine? These top tips and ingredient suggestions will help to mix up the daily brush, floss and wash and may just give you something to smile about this World Oral Health Day.
Cheese is the ultimate for oral health – no really. Not only is it vital for providing calcium, the casein and whey protein in cheese can keep tooth enamel in tip top condition. Eating just a couple of small cubes a day will help to protect the teeth. And importantly, gives the perfect excuse for yet another cheese and wine evening. It’s also ideal for the kids’ lunchboxes. All together now, say: “cheese!”
Organic smiles from India
The old classic, peppermint oil (Mentha Piperita) has a grassy-minty camphoraceous odour, and is ideal for use to add fragrance and flavour to toothpaste, leaving breath minty fresh. So what makes Cornelius oil different? We source our organic peppermint oil from a cooperative of local farmers in India, a longstanding partnership of over 25 years. I think it’s safe to say we know our peppermint oil.
We like to chew-it chew-it
Whether it’s to mask the odour of garlic or coffee, most people are partial to an after-dinner mint. Try replacing this with sugar-free chewing gum to reduce the possibility of tooth decay. The bacteria in our mouths love sugar and use it to make acid, which in turn wears down teeth. Chewing gum not only freshens breath but also stimulates saliva, the mouth’s natural defence against plaque and neutralise acids after a meal. Pretty obvious but we’re all about oral health today! For a natural alternative try chewing on a sprig of parsley – trust us, it actually works.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with alternatives
Sugar alternatives, such as Xylitol® are perfect for adding sweetness to oral hygiene products such as toothpaste, fluoride tablets and mouthwashes. Healthier than sugar, there are many sugar alternatives on the market. At Cornelius, we go the extra mile to deliver the best Xylitol on the market, which is distributed from Shandong Longlive Bio-Technology. Read more about sugar alternatives in our blog ‘The sweetness of stevia : a step towards tackling obesity’.
Oil pulling is an alternative oral health care practice that consists of swishing or holding oils (typically plant-based) in the mouth for an extended period of time. Enthusiasts believe that oil pulling (also called Kavala Graha or Gandusha) will draw out impurities and toxins and wash them from the mouth. Our standard refined and organic grades of coconut and sesame oil are both suitable for oil pulling purposes.
Tooth whitening is mainstream nowadays as consumers try to keep up with the avalanche of celebrity pearly whites flashing in their social media feed. Whether it’s a product purchased over-the-counter for use at home, or in a dentist or beauty salon, the popularity of tooth whitening is soaring.
Our contribution to this trend is titanium dioxide, Pretiox AV01FG from our principal Precheza, which is a high purity anatase easy dispersed pigment. Its properties, including high brightness and opacity, make it ideal for use as a whitener for toothpastes. It’s a sure fire way to make those pearly whites shine bright!
Get ready to smile with BASF
Their oral care range offers a wide range of surfactants, solubilizers, eumulsifiers, polymers and active ingredients such as D panthenol for anti-inflammatory properties, and vitamins. Effect pigments add another dimension by enhancing brightness with sparkle and shiny white appearance. Controlled particle size especially suited for oral applications.
Brighten teeth with food
Another oldie but a goodie; foods such as carrots, celery, apples and pears can help to minimise discoloration of teeth by triggering saliva, which bathes teeth and helps to keep them bright. With the recommended five-a-day guidelines under fire to increase to ten-a-day from scientists in recent months, consuming more fruit and veg is a win-win situation for oral health and general wellbeing
One for the kids
Engaging the kids with brushing their teeth is not the easiest of tasks. And yes, allowing them to eat cheese and apple slices is sure to go down better. However, when it comes down to it just working with basic toothpaste is a start. Our principal Huber Corp has recently launched a new abrasive, Spherilex. The ingredient provides improved cleaning without too much abrasion, making it perfect for children’s toothpaste.
Stick to the one-hour rule
The Oral Health Foundation advises to wait at least one hour after eating or drinking before brushing teeth. On average, it can take 40 minutes for the mouth to neutralise acid caused by eating or drinking, therefore brushing straight after can leave enamel in a weakened state.
So what will it be? A chunk of cheese, a sprig of parsley or maybe just some good old chewing gum? If weird and wonderful alternatives are not for you we can advise on the right type of ingredients to create great oral care products. From pigments and colouring agents, to fragrances and surfactants, we understand oral care product ingredients. Why not get in touch today for more information?
Get involved! World Oral Health Day is on the 20th March 2017