I admit it. Mister Man’s teeth aren’t exactly the way I pictured my eight year old’s teeth looking. When we let him brush by himself for a few days, I can see them start to get grey film on them to the point they look streaky and gross. Part of it is his lack of fine motor skills, but part of it is that at eight years old, he still is in the quick brush and rinse stage. He just isn’t getting them clean enough, but I need him to start gaining independence in this area.
I recently received a tube of Vortex Children’s Toothpaste to test out. Generally, we use a natural toothpaste of some sort, as there are all sorts of ingredients that I try to avoid – one in particular being sodium lauryl sulfate. I was a little nervous that Vortex might contain it, but I’m happy to report that not only does it not use SLS, it also has a reduced amount of fluoride (though still at a proven effective level).
The natural grape flavoring even comes from grapes dried to a powder. The toothpaste is also uses Xylitol as a sweetener (we’re fans of Xylitol gum instead of Aspartame), which has an added benefit of also helping to reduce the levels of cavity causing bacteria.
Why do I enjoy this particular toothpaste? Vortex is a color-changing toothpaste, which explains the use of dyes. When it comes out of the tube, part of it is red and part is blue. As the wee ones brush, the colors begin to mix and finally turn into purple. They are learning that they have to brush enough to get to that point before they spit. And unlike their timed toothbrushes, time isn’t the only factor. They have to actually brush effectively to get the toothpaste to change colors.
The fact that the flavor is natural is a huge boost. At this point, the wee ones still don’t like mint flavored toothpastes, but the grape in Vortex has been well-received by them. In fact, the wee ones have asked that I continue to buy this toothpaste instead of the toothpaste I had been purchasing. Unfortunately, it isn’t currently available in stores, but you can purchase it either directly from Vortex or via Amazon for $6.95 per tube. Did I mention that we are actually starting to see a difference in the gunk that stays on Mister Man’s teeth as he brushes? Maybe he will be able to brush without supervision someday soon.
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Six readers will also win toothpaste from Vortex. To enter this giveaway leave a comment below letting us know your best teeth care tip. This giveaway will end on January 12th, 2012. A winner will be drawn randomly and will be announced in our weekly Around the Blogosphere post.
In the interest of full disclosure, I received a tube of Vortex Children’s Toothpaste for review purposes. I was compensated for writing this post, but all opinions remain my own.
Written by 5Mnutes4Mom contributor Michelle is amazingly lucky to thusfar have no cavities, though she has a dental visit scheduled January 3. She’s desperately hoping the wee ones also avoid cavities as they grow, but right now she needs to go brush her own teeth. Again. You can also find her at her blog Honest & Truly! or on Twitter as @HonestAndTruly.