Bad breath affects around 90 percent of people at some point and most don’t realise that they have a problem. Unfortunately you can’t always rely on your bestie or your spouse to break the bad news and tell you that your breath smells.

Causes Of Bad Breath

According to Dirna Grobbelaar, IVOhealth’s oral hygiene advisor, the most common cause of bad breath is inadequate oral care. She says, “If plaque and food debris are not physically removed by correctly brushing, flossing and rinsing, they break down in the mouth releasing bad odours, as well as causing irritation and disease.” Whilst most people brush their teeth regularly, flossing is often overlooked; 35 percent of people admit that they ‘never’ floss. “The mouth is not clean until it’s clean in-between,” says Grobbelaar. “If you are in doubt, take the test – pull a length of floss between your teeth and smell it!”

When Flossing Becomes Too Much?

Flossing can be awkward and too time-consuming but it’s important; however, Grobbelaar advises that you find an interdental tool that suits your mouth and lifestyle. There are many options you can look at, from tiny interdental brushes and floss handles to high-tech toothpicks with built-in fluoride.

The Key To Kissable Breath

Correctly brush your teeth twice a day, and clean the tongue. Interdental cleaning is the key to the fresh breath confidence that comes from a super-clean mouth. Before puckering up for that Valentine smooch find out if you have kissable by taking the Kiss-O-Meter Challenge and see how your breath scores by visiting

For each person that takes the Kiss-O-Meter challenge, Sunstar GUM will donate a toothbrush to The ToothFairies volunteering with the Friends of the Children’s Hospital (FOCHA) at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

By Hlulani Masingi


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