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Have you ever noticed, whilst out shopping in supermarkets or chemists, how many different types of toothpastes there are ? In a recent trip to my local store, I counted over twenty different brands. There were pastes, gels and powders. There was peppermint flavoured, spearmint, freshmint, and orange and strawberry flavours for kids. There was whitening, fresh breath, fluoride, tartar control, gum protection, smokers, sensitive and extra sensitive varieties. How many ways can there be to clean your teeth ?
Ironically, this review is for a toothpaste that is unavailable in the shops, yet the brand is fairly well known. Dentyl P. H. is probably best known for its mouthwash, and its publicity campaign a few years back. This is the mouthwash with an oil that lifts and removes bacteria so that "you can actually see it in the basin".
The Dentyl P. H. Toothpaste was introduced at the same time as the mouthwash, but was not as successful. Consequentially fewer and fewer shops stocked the product. ''Why then," you are probably asking yourself, "are you writing this review - if you can't get hold of the product?" Whilst it is extremely difficult - if not impossible - to find this in stores today, the manufacturers continue to produce and sell the toothpaste to their loyal customers via mail order.
The toothpaste is available in two varieties - mint and clove. The mint flavour is very subtle (unlike some other brands) and tastes quite natural. The other variety, clove, is fairly unique and was a bold move by the manufactures. Whilst there are other clove toothpastes around, they are never going to be as popular as mint, and people are generally reluctant to try something new. As it is, the clove flavour is very mild, and yet still refreshing. The taste is very traditional, and brings images of 'grandma's cooking' or clove sweets. With both varieties, when you first start using the toothpaste, you can hardly detect any flavour at all - instead it gradually appears freshening your whole mouth.
The toothpaste appears as a clear gel in either green (mint) or pink (clove). Within the gel you'll notice tiny blue specks. These specks are actually minute capsules which contain the toothpastes main active ingredient - CPC, a highly effective antibacterial agent - and it is this that separates this toothpaste from others on the market. The capsules explode whilst brushing and releases the agent directly where it is needed. Aloe Vera has also been added to the ingredients to help protect the teeth.
Something that you will notice whilst using this that the toothpaste does not produce a lot of foam whilst brushing. This makes it easier if you are one of the many people who like to brush in front of a mirror.
After brushing, your mouth feels really fresh and clean - not in a tingly way, but in more of a natural way. It's like you've just chewed a mint leaf or a piece of clove.
I tend to suffer from mouth ulcers which can be brought on by some toothpastes. Dentyl P.H. has not caused me any such problems since I have been using it.
I guess the effectiveness of the product can be judged by my visits to the dentist since using the toothpaste. Up until I began using Dentyl P. H., gum disease, cavities and fillings were a fairly regular occurrence. Since then, the general condition of my teeth and gums has dramatically improved. I cannot say if it is purely as a result of changing my toothpaste, as it was around this time I also changed to using an electric toothbrush. However I have no doubt that this toothpaste is a contributing factor in the improvement.
When it comes to cost, Dentyl P.H. does work out quite expensive. Purchasing a standard tube directly from the manufacturers will set you back £1.89. This alone would not be too bad - slightly more than regular brand toothpaste, but this is a high quality product worth paying slightly more for. The problem lies with the fact you have to order it and, of course, this means that P&P will be added to the cost ! You need to add £3 for up to three tubes, £5 for up to six and £7.50 for up to twelve tubes - this means that if you only wanted one tube of toothpaste, you would need to pay £4.89 !!!
The other problem is that despite the website having an "online shop", it has never (as far as I can tell) been working !! If you click on the link on the site, you get a message stating that the shop is currently not available, and to check back in a few days. I have been checking the site since February on a regular basis, and still no luck. If you want to place an order, you can send them a letter with your request, enclosing a cheque payable to Fresh Breath Ltd, to: Fresh Breath Ltd, 2 Devonshire Place, London, W1G 6HJ.
To summarise, it really is a great toothpaste - for which I would have awarded the product 5/5 - however the difficulty in getting hold of it, along with the added costs and effort sadly reduce it to 3/5.
For more information on the Dentyl P.H. range, and oral hygiene in general, check out the official website - www.dentylph.co.uk.
Note - This review is catergorised under "Baby Teeth Care". This is an error, and it is an adult toothpaste. I have advised Ciao of this, and asked them to move the catergory accordingly.