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How does Dentyl pH work?
Dentyl pH is based on a new concept utilising the physical properties of micro-organisms. Oral micro-organisms have hydrophobic outer surfaces. That means they repel water and are not capable of being dissolved in water but they do adhere to oil droplets.

Dentyl pH consists of 2 distinct phases. The bottom phase of the formulation consists of a water base containing an antibacterial (cetylpyridinium chloride), food colour and flavours and this is overlaid with an oil phase. Oil has a high binding capacity to micro-organisms and is able to attract micro-organisms (electro-static attraction). Cetylpyridinium chloride is an antibacterial which fights bacteria and promotes the adhesion of oral micro-organisms to oil droplets. The food colour acts like a biological stain. The bacteria and oral debris are stained and can be seen macroscopically (observable by the naked eye). Microscopically they can be seen to adhere to the oil droplets.

What causes bad breath?
Bacteria are the most common cause of bad breath. Food particles that remain in the mouth after eating attract bacteria. The most common sites where bacteria collect are the tongue, between the teeth and just below the gums. The surface of the tongue is rough and bacteria can accumulate easily in the cracks and crevices. The bacteria produce VSC – volatile sulphur compounds (bad smelling gases). The VSC escape from saliva into the air and are considered to be the cause of the characteristic odour associated with bad breath. Did you know that the amount of VSC in your mouth can be measured by dentists with a sulphide monitor?

How does a dry mouth cause bad breath?
Dry mouth is another cause of bad breath. Saliva helps to cleanse the mouth. When saliva flow decreases e.g. during sleep, the mouth dries out and dead bacterial cells accumulate and cause odours. This is often referred to as “morning breath”.

What is plaque?
When teeth are not cleaned properly, the bacteria in the mouth develop into a ‘plaque’ or a sticky, colourless film that forms on teeth, particularly around the gum line. If not brushed away, the plaque is transformed into a hard material called tartar, which harbours bacteria and irritates the gums. Once formed tartar can only be removed by a dentist. The regular use of mouthwash can help fight the formation of plaque.

Why does Dentyl pH feel better to use than ordinary mouthwashes?
Most ordinary mouthwashes contain alcohol which not only causes stinging but can cause the mouth to dry out and make bad breath worse. Dentyl pH does not contain alcohol but it is still powerful enough to fight germs and keep the breath fresh for hours.

What is clove?
Cloves are the aromatic dried flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. It is native to Indonesia and used as a spice in some cuisines. Clove essential oil is used in aromatherapy. In the 4th century BC, Chinese leaders in the Han Dynasty required those who addressed them to chew cloves so as to freshen their breath. Portuguese traders introduced cloves to Europe. Clove was then one of the most valuable spices, a kilogram costing around 7 grams of gold. In Britain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, cloves were worth at least their weight in gold, due to the high price of importing them.

The Dentyl pH clove flavour mouthwash has been tested in focus groups and was rated very highly by the participants. It has become very popular in the U.K.