Frequently asked questions
1. How do I use Swirlit?
Sip a mouthful, Swirl it around the mouth for about 10-20 seconds and swallow. Repeat as necessary.
You can also sip it with meals.
2. When should I use Swirlit?
Whenever you want close talking confidence!
First thing in the morning to get rid of “morning breath”
Before meals helps prevent food sticking to teeth and lubricate the mouth for dry mouth sufferers
After meals to remove food debris, for a fresh mouth feel and fresh breath
After coffee to get rid of “coffee breath”
Following garlic or onion, it will improve breath smells and also help with neutralising stomach acid which can lead to indigestion and heartburn
Whenever you want to impress! Before a date, going to a meeting, job interview
Before, during and after exercise to get rid of the “mouth breathing” smell and dry mouth caused by exercise
Whenever you are up close to someone such as going to get a facial, dental exam, massage
Before a speaking engagement when your mouth may feel dry
Before, after and during plane travel to combat the furry mouth feeling caused by dehydration
When taking medications that can cause a dry mouth
After consuming acidic food and drink to neutralise the bacterial acids which cause dental decay and erosion
If you suffer from reflux or are sick and vomiting, Swirlit can buffer the acids in the mouth and stomach which cause dental erosion.
3. How many servings of Swirlit are in a 200mL bottle?
There are 2 servings in each bottle. You may consume one serving at a time, or have a mouthful whenever you feel like getting some close talking confidence.
4. Does it have to be refrigerated?
No. Swirlit can be enjoyed refrigerated or at room temperature.
5. How do I fit Swirlit into my everyday oral care routine?
Tongue scrape, brush teeth for 2 minutes, Swirlit
After morning coffee: Swirlit
Before a meeting or anytime you need close talking confidence: Swirlit
Before and or after lunch: Swirlit
Going on a date, catching up with friends, after work meeting, when you need: Swirlit
Brush teeth for 2 minutes, floss, Swirlit
Use Swirlit when you might use chewing gum or mouthwash for fresh breath and if you experience dry mouth symptoms.
6. Should I use mouthwash as well?
There is no need to use a medicated mouthwash such as one that contains chlorhexidiene unless you have gingivitis (bleeding gums) and it has been recommended by your dentist.
Alcohol containing mouthwashes should be avoided as they can lead to an increase in the amount of tartar formed on teeth, can stain teeth, cause altered taste sensations and a dry mouth. Ingredients in traditional mouthwashes are toxic to our oceans as they are disposed of by spitting into the sinks. Despite going through a wastewater treatment process, the by-products are pollutant. There is strong evidence to suggest that aquatic species such as algae, invertebrates and some types of fish that have had accumulated exposure to Triclosan, have exhibited reproductive and developmental effects.
7. Should I use chewing gum?
A sugar free chewing gum is good for improving saliva flow and neutralising the acidity in the mouth following eating, which can prevent dental cavities.
Long term use of chewing gum in people with TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction, basically teeth grinding, clenching and headaches) can lead to exacerbation of the TMD symptoms. Chewing gum is also a choking hazard. Chewing gum is not biodegradable and generates over 250,000 tons of waste every year!
8. Does Swirlit have any adverse side effects?
Swirlit contains Xylitol. In large doses, Xylitol can cause diarrhoea and digestive imbalance. Swirlit contains 1.5g per serving. The recommendations for daily dose of xylitol to reduce dental cavities in children is 8mg per day as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. To minimise gas and diarrhoea, Swirlit can be introduced slowly, oer a week or more.
9. Is it safe for use in pregnancy?
While the ingredients in Swirlit are in doses within safe food limits, there are no studies testing the effects in pregnancy. Ask your doctor for personalised advice.
10. How many calories are there per serving of Swirlit?
There are only 6 calories in 100mL! There are about 5 calories per piece of sugar-free chewing gum.
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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF TRICLOSAN MOUTHWASH:
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT TITANIUM DIOXIDE
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF CHEWING GUM
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FOODS FOR HEALTHY TEETH AND GUMS:
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Owens BM. The potential effects of pH and buffering capacity on dental erosion. Gen Dent. 2007 NovDec;55(6):527-31. University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, Memphis, USA. Soft drink pH (initial pH) has been shown to be a causative factor--but not necessarily the primary initiating factor--of dental erosion. The titratable acidity or buffering capacity has been acknowledged as playing a significant role in the etiology of these lesions.
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1.“This is what happens when you drink soda”, Lindsay Maxfield, March 28 2013, www.ksl.com Quoted from the article: Sugar is not the only harmful substance in soda that effects dental health. A 2006 study published in the Academy of General Dentistry Journal found that drinking soda is nearly as harmful for your teeth as drinking battery acid. That’s because soda actually contains acid (mostly citric and/or phosphoric), which corrodes tooth enamel. With a pH of 3.2, diet soda are even more acidic than regular sodas. According to the Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center, soft drinks are among the most significant sources of tooth decay. “Acids and acidic sugar byproducts in soft drinks soften tooth enamel, contribution to the formation of cavities. In extreme cases, softer enamel combined with improper brushing, grinding of the teeth or other conditions can lead tooth loss.”
2.“Grape seed extract and the prevention of chronic degenerative disease”, www.preventive-health-guide.com Grape seed extract’s antioxidant potential is 20 times more than vitamin E, and 50 times greater than vitamin C. Effects: Younger looking skin, enhances natural collagen, bonds to collagen found in gums, bone, teeth promoting cell health and elasticity
3.“The antibacterial activity of plant extracts containing polyphenols against Streptococcus mutans”,! Smullen J, Koutsou GA, Foster HA, Zumbé A, Storey DM, Caries Res 2007; 41: 342-349 Polyphenols which are found in green tea extract were tested for their ability to reduce dental decay and it was found that green tea extract was bacteriostatic (stopped bacterial growth and prevented acid production when in the presence of S. mutans (bacteria responsible for dental decay) and sugars such as glucose and sucrose.
4.“Mechanical assessment of effects of grape seed proanthocyanidins extract on tibial bone diaphysis in rats”, Yahara N, Tofani K, Kojima Y, Kimura M, J Musculoskelet Neoronal Interact 2005; 5(2):162-169 Grape seed extracts enhanced bone density and strength in experimental animals
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8.“The erosive potential of some herbal teas”, Phelan J, Rees J, J Dent, 2003;(4):241-246. Herbal tea pH varies from 3.1- 7.1, the amount of enamel lost following immersion in herbal tea for 1 hour varied from 0.0-9.6 microns. Orange juice has a pH of 3.7 and removes 3.3 microns of enamel
9.“The acidic and erosive potential of five sports drinks”, Rees J, Loyn T, McAndrew R, Eur J Prosthodont Dent, 2005;13(4): 186-190. Sports drinks pH varies between 3.16-3.70. This leads to dental erosion. Note: when sports drinks are consumed the pH of the saliva is lowered can lead to dental erosion. If they are also consumed during or close to the time of a sporting activity the erosive potential is increased. The reason is that during times of exercise saliva flow is reduced. In the absence of saliva to buffer or neutralise the acidic conditions in the mouth, the enamel dissolves.
10.“An in vitro assessment of the erosive potential of some designer drinks”, Rees JS, Davis FJ, Eur J Prosthodont Restor Dent, 2000, 8(4):149-152. A University of Bristol study which showed that 18 out of 24 drinks tested produced two and six times the enamel loss compared with orange juice.
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14.“Soft drink related to diabetes and strokes”. http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/article/ 17521399/, June 7, 2013. One standard can of fizzy, sugary drink resulted in lower levels of “good” cholesterol and higher levels of “bad” cholesterol in the blood- regardless of whether they were overweight. Australian Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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17.“Enamel erosion by some soft drinks and orange juices relative to their pH, buffering effect and contents of calcium phosphate”, Larsen MJ, Nyvad B, Caries Res 1999;33(1):81-87. The capability of a soft drink or a juice to erode dental enamel depends not only on pH but also on its buffering potential.
18.“Modification of soft drinks with xanthan gum to minimise erosion: a study in situ”, West NX, Hughes JA, Parker D, Weaver LJ, Moohan M, De’Ath J, Addy M, Bri Dent J, 2004 April 24; 196(8):478-481. The addition of xanthan gum lead to low erosive properties.
19.“Investigation of mineral waters and soft drinks in relation to dental erosion”, Parry J, Shaw L, Arnaud D, Smith AJ, J Oral Rehab, 2001 Aug;28(8):766-772. Sparkling mineral waters showed slightly greater dissolution than still waters.
20.“Health and wellness drinks drive US beverage market”, Kate Carey, Feb 19, 2013. www.ausfoodnews.com/healthand- wellness-drinks-drive-us-beverage-market.htm
21.“Change your pH and improve your teeth and gums”, Phillips E, www.ultimateoralhealthguide.com/change-your-pHand- improve-your-teeth-and-gums/ Tooth roots begin to erode at pH below 6.5, enamel erodes below 5.5 and the teeth become discoloured and at risk of cavities.
22.http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/5-reasons-not-to-drink-bottled-water For each of the consumer concerns regarding bottled water, Swirlit addresses these concerns and provides a value proposition for consumption of Swirlit.
23.ADA Media Release: ‘Low sugar’ soft drinks still contain the same risk of tooth decay http://www.ada.org.au/ App_CmsLib/Media/Lib/1302/M488427_v1_634973845682876522.pdf: While the Australian Dental Association Inc. (ADA) welcomes the release of the Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Infant Feeding Guidelines (Guidelines), it warns Australians that limiting their consumption of soft drinks to ‘low-kilojoule’ ones does not go far enough. The Guidelines were developed after examining the scientific evidence about the best dietary patterns for Australians of all ages and were released by the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing earlier this week. “While the Guidelines suggest that the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks (soft drinks) is associated with increased risk of weight gain in adults in children, the ADA warns that this only tells half the story,” Chair of the ADA’s Oral Health Committee, Dr Peter Alldritt said. “The public is urged to also note that the Guidelines state: ‘The acidity of sweetened drinks is also relevant to dental erosion, a major factor in dental decay. This applies equally to sweetened or diet soft drinks, since their acidity is comparable.’ “Whether or not a soft drink has ‘low sugar’ it still has the same amount of acidity, and therefore still increases the risk of dental caries. Australians should limit their consumption of soft drinks, whether or not they are high or ‘low’ in sugar.” “Australians should be careful to limit their consumption of cordials, fruit drinks, vitamin waters, energy and sports drinks and soft drinks (both full flavour and low sugar varieties). Children and teens should be encouraged to drink water (preferably fluoridated tap water) as much as possible.”