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.
Toothpaste is something we always have as I'm sure or at least hope all households do! It wasn't until a few years back I really thought about the ingredients in toothpaste after being alerted to toothpastes that contain a lot of chemicals being a parent this was very alarming and I didn't want my children putting unnecessary chemicals in their mouths everyday. I did at that point look more closely at which toothpastes I would buy and loved the brands offering natural toothpaste which I believed would be a lot more friendly for my family.
My only concern with some natural toothpastes is the lack of flouride, as although the need for flouride is widely debated I would prefer to have it in my children's toothpaste and know it is recommended by dental nurses and high flouride is even better. My eldest son had very poor enamel on his teeth so I wanted him to get a good amount of flouride in his toothpaste to keep those little baby teeth protected. He is not the greatest fan of mint and finds strong toothpastes to intense to use so I knew this mild mint would be his preferred option.
The tubes are a great size and easy to read, clearly differentiating between the other varities with the natural antibacterial printed in a large font so its easy to find on shelf. Love how these tubes have the larger base so you can stand them up on the vanity and keep the toothpaste where it needs to be for easy squirting out on to the brush when required. The mild mint is a pleasant taste with enough of a mint taste to leave your breath fresh and clean without overpowering the mouth with mint for the younger members of the family.
We have loved using this toothpaste and will definitely be buying it again I love the reassurance the toothpaste uses natural antibacterial ingredients while still including fluoride and has the option of a milder mint so all the family are happy.
Toothpaste is one of those items that is in every household, or at least it should be, and certainly in my house isn't an item that is really pondered over (though it does help that I haven't had to actually buy toothpaste for a little over five years). I really do appreciate the simplicity of the packaging, it looks really good, doesn't overload you and isn't screaming in your face. Though I did find that some of the smaller writing gets a little lost on the front side of the tube. I am a particular fan of mild mint and spearmint flavour but find it hard to find one that doesn't leave an artificial taste behind.
I have a toothpaste dispenser at home, so the first test was if this would fit in it or not. That was a quick and easy test, it fit fine and I left it to start being used by the family. Not one of the kids have complained about the toothpaste and its 'taste'. This toothpaste has gotten a solid two weeks worth of testing done, and so far it has been well received, I can see me adding this to the trolley when I finally need to start buying toothpaste again (which won't be too far away), it didn't leave any horrible sensations or lingering taste. My only issue with it is that it seems to be a little thinner that other brands, so more than usual is coming out of the dispenser, but otherwise it is a hit.
Toothpaste is toothpaste, or at least that is what I expected to say. Reach Natural Antibacterial Toothpaste - Mild Mint has been very enjoyable to try over the last few weeks. I often find mint toothpaste very strong tasting and unpleasant. This toothpaste is not like this though, the flavour is subtle and pleasant on the tastebuds - a taste I am happy to leave in my mouth before heading to work. Typically I would need to repeatedly rinse to remove the strong taste from my mouth, so this toothpaste is very nice in comparison. The mild mint flavour is pleasant and I feel my breathe has improved. As I no longer feel the need to rinse my mouth out before heading out, I am able to enjoy the pleasant mint scent from my breathe whilst at my desk.
Reach Natural Antibacterial Toothpaste stands up and remains this way. I have noticed this is unusual for many brands of toothpaste which is frustrating to look at, but also in particularity. Having a toothpaste which can remain standing allows gravity to work its magic and drip the toothpaste down into the opening is great - no need to squeeze and roll the tube any longer!.
I have never had any fillings although no have overcrowding of some teeth in my mouth. So I am always looking for some toothpaste which is pleasant to use whilst not being too strong that I need to rinse afterwards. This is because I like to know my toothpaste is still protecting my teeth throughout the day - and Reach Natural Antibacterial Toothpaste does this.
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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