In response to demand for products that are 'better for me and better for the planet', new Reach Natural Antibacterial Protection Toothpaste uses an extract from the magnolia tree to safely kill the bacteria that cause bad breath, cavities, plaque and tartar. With fewer of the odour-producing bacteria that are found along the gumline, gum health is also improved.
In line with recommendations by the NZ Dental Association, Reach recognises the importance of including fluoride to substantially strengthen tooth enamel and lower the risk of cavities. The new Reach Toothpastes offer the best of both worlds: the power of nature, combined with fluoride that is recognised as essential for strong teeth.
Reach natural antibacterial protection toothpaste is free from triclosan, parabens, sugar and preservatives and has a delicious fresh mint flavour for really fresh breath.
This year I have had my first experience with sensitive teeth and let me tell you it is not fun! I was at work, it was a cold day and next minute it felt like the wind was attacking my bottom tooth. Every time I breathed I could feel air on it. As I warmed up it disappeared. The next couple of weeks the same thing happened if I was really cold and I had my mouth open I received a very dull ache on my bottom teeth line. It mainly happened at night time as we were coming into winter and I would just apply pressure to it and the feeling would go away.
Thinking I had bad teeth, I started to panic - then I found out its actually an age thing and as you get older your enamel starts to weaken. Thankfully mine is just a mild case, but I quickly went out and brought an expensive toothpaste for sensitive teeth and let me tell you it is disgusting. I have only managed to use it a handful of times, so when I saw this up for review I was a little apprehensive but I thought anything as to be better than the yucky tasting tube in my drawer.
I received the Reach toothpaste and I was a little hesitant at first I left it sitting on the table just looking at me - but I finally bit the bullet and all I can say it is yummy no taste worries at all. It is very easy to use and it feels and looks extremely solid, which surprised me as the tube doesn't. It does have a warning not to swallow and not to be used by children under the age of six. So, I keep it in my drawer and only I have been using it. It has been just under a week now and the tube only has a small dent in it so I am guessing it will be around for a few more weeks/months yet.
I feel very confident with my breath afterwards and find I am no longer concerned about bad breath which I was from another brand we regularly use. I have had no pain since using this, but in all honesty I haven't for a couple of weeks. When I slide my tongue over my teeth they feel extremely clean. The tube is just the right size for travel and can fit in my toiletry bag without a concern.
I am really happy that I applied for this product and I think the price is spot on. Will definitely be using this again in the future - at this stage I can not fault it.
My partner and I had already been using this product for three days when my cousin and her husband arrived on their way home from a South Island holiday and decided to break their journey for a couple of days at our place. This was timely as they agreed to use our toothpaste while they were here, and to give their impressions to add to our own.
We passed around the tube so they could read the list of ingredients. My cousin has problems with recurring mouth ulcers; she tries to avoid highly seasoned foods, and when she eats out, she is reluctant to try new dishes in case they are hot or spicy. We often eat intensely flavoured foods at home, but when she is around, I avoid serving anything too adventurous. As we had already been using the toothpaste for several days, we were able to assure her that the "mild mint" descriptor was accurate.
I used to think that an effective toothpaste needed to be so strong that it would all but burn the inside of your mouth, so it had been a surprise to discover that this product is not at all aggressive. It does have a pleasant flavour, and the minty taste lingers for some time after you have brushed and rinsed, so it leaves your mouth feeling completely refreshed. I was confident that she would find it suitable for her. It was reassuring to find that the antibacterial properties come from magnolia bark. Both of us are familiar with magnolia; I use the essential oil in a diffuser, and she adds it to her home-made hand cream. Although the essential oil we use comes from a different variety of magnolia, the aroma and health-giving properties are similar.
Apart from the obvious benefits of a natural antibacterial component and the mild flavour, this toothpaste also contains fluoride which is proven to be beneficial for children's teeth. We did wonder why it was recommended not to allow children under the age of six to use the product; there do not seem to be any harmful ingredients, and surely the fluoride is not unsuitable for milk teeth. Maybe it is because there is just no point in using it until the first permanent teeth erupt, a process that begins at age six for most children.
As for the long term effect on my cousin's gums, we will be following her progress with interest. I squeezed 15 ml or so into a small pottle so that she could take it home and continue to try it. We did find that very little goes a long way, so that 15 ml should last her for a while. After that, she can buy her own tube!
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