Vortex Children’s Toothpaste Review And Giveaway

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.


Enter to Win

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.


  1. Christine Wagner says

    Best tooth care tip? I’m looking for tooth care tips! My daughter’s teeth are starting to look as yellow as the Queen of England’s–I actually (yes, I’m slightly embarrassed about this) asked her dentist if, while they had her “out” for pulling some teeth and coating her molars with that anti-cavity stuff, they could bleach her teeth so they didn’t look like she has a mean coffee habit at 7 years old. They looked at me like I was crazy, but I still think this was a totally legitimate request 😉 And my little dude’s teeth have “weak enamel”, which is apparently code for “start saving b/c you’re gonna spend a fortune on fillings”. ANYTHING to get these kids to brush their teeth properly and without biting me when I help them floss would be great!

  2. says

    We have tried the toothbrushes with timers and so many “tricks” to get them to brush long enough, but the little hourglass timer seems to work best for our crew. Would LOVE to try this toothpaste, though!

  3. says

    Perhaps everyone has heard this, but brush for at least two minutes and be sure to include your gums and tongue. Also be sure to not use bristles that are too hard.

  4. Erin says

    Get the kids interested by giving them some control: pick out brushes & toothpaste, as well as letting them brush, while you help them too.

  5. Stephanie Grant says

    My best tip is to make brushing fun for the kids…I always play my sons favorite song while he brushes his teeth that way I know he has brushed long enough!

  6. says

    This is a great tip! I did not even know that this type of toothpaste existed.. My daughter literally brushes her teeth for say 2 minutes and practically does it because she likes the bubble gum taste of the paste! Thanks looking forward to trying this on her and teaching her how long to brush for!

  7. Candie L says

    The simple issue for the kids is to remind them to brush every day. If they are anything like my kids they try to sneak out of it any chance they can. Thank you

  8. Jenny says

    We always brush their teeth after they do and bought an electric brush for them to use during the day since it is more fun. And still 6 months seems too long between dentist cleanings!

  9. kelly grant says

    my 2.5 yr old sons mouth is very hard to pry open, so we just give him a toothbrush and toothpaste and tell him to brush his teeth.

  10. tennille says

    we have a toothbrush that lights up for one minute and my son likes to push the button again so it is easier to get 2 min. of brushing time in

  11. says

    Brushing out teeth first thing in the morning and right after bath. Both boys have their own stools to reach the sink and Santa brought new, battery operated toothbrushes to het each tooth clean with little effort!

  12. says

    getting my daughter to brush is a challenge – this sounds like a great, fun product for her to try. I buy her different toothbrushes to keep her at least semi interested!

  13. Tammy1409 says

    My kids like it when I pretend to be the dentist! I will call in the next “patient” and make comments on their teeth or count them while I brush them.

  14. Julie says

    My best tip is to brush a 2 yr old’s teeth while they are mesmerized by their favorite tv show. Otherwise, good luck letting them let u brush their teeth LOL!

    jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

  15. Vickie Couturier says

    we have aroutine when the grandkids are here,,brush teeth first thing in the morning,an the last thing before bedtime

  16. says

    with my daughter I set a timer and let she brushes her teeth until the timer goes off… this makes sure she has brushed long enough each time since she often tends to do it quickly and isn’t very thorough without the timer.

  17. Cheryl Rahkonen says

    I guess you could say we use bribery to get the kids to brush their teeth. They love cartoons and cannot watch them or any TV until their teeth are brushed very well and they are dressed (in clothes or pajamas depending on the time of day). This works quite well.

  18. Stacey Bicovny says

    I know it’s a cliche thing that dentists always say, but brushing AND flossing is one of the best ways to keep your teeth clean & healthy

  19. Alison S. says

    My best tip is to get an electric toothbrush. I’ve seen a huge improvement since I switched. My 2 year old got one for christmas and LOVES brushing his teeth. He would love to try this toothpaste. :)

  20. Laurie Harrison says

    Tip for kids: Make it Fun! When my little grandgirls are here, I join in on the brushing party. We set a stool up to the sink and do crazy stuff, like see who can gargle the loudest or longest. We just giggle, laugh, brush, and have fun. The kids are performing oral care this whole time without even realizing it.

  21. Nora Scott-Platt says

    What I have learned is to encourage more water and less juices for your children. The sugar just reeks havoc with the teeth

  22. says

    Make it a routine! Start your kids young, old enough to hold the brush basically! Starting the habit young is key. And also be honest with your kids. Dentists are expensive and cavities hurt. No reason to skirt the truth!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  23. Jessica T. says

    My dentist always tells me to only drink sugary drinks with a meal and don’t sip them over a lengthy amount of time.

  24. Heather Vogler says

    I limit the amount of juice my little ones drink and don’t give it to them before they are 1 year old. The sugar is so bad for their little teeth :)
    dinos_still_exist (at) yahoo (dot) com

  25. loni says

    Using the toothbrushes that play a song for the 2 mins that the kids are supposed to brush for

    trippyjanet at gmail dot com

  26. Laura Emerson says

    My best tip is to start good dental care for children at an early age. The habits they form when they are little are ones they will have as adults.
    laura dot hopelessromantic dot emerson at gmail dot com

  27. Lisa L says

    My son wants to brush his teeth himself but he doesn’t do a very good job. The only way I can brush his teeth is if he “brushes” mine. It’s fun for him & I make sure his teeth are clean!

  28. Lisa Garner says

    I always play music when my children brush their teeth so they end up brushing longer.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  29. Michelle B says

    My son has autism so brushing his teeth is not one of his fav things to do so i sing to him and he is ok with brushing his teeth

  30. Jessica says

    Took my son to the dentist yesterday and he recommended to get my 3 yr old to open his mouth wide and expose the bottom of the gumline where plaque an build up get him to say “E”. It worked and now I can help him brush that area better.

  31. Debbie Kennedy says

    With kids, we have to make toothbrushing a game – 1 person has to sing the alphabet several times while the other brushes, and then we switch.

  32. Coriander Warren says

    My best tip–buy one of the “flashing” or “singing” toothbrushes. They are perfectly timed so you know they’re brushing “enough”

  33. crystal allen says

    my tip is to start a tooth brushing reminder and sticker rewards chart for your child. this will remind them to brush their teeth in a fun way, when they brush, they can put a sticker or make a smiley face on the chart for that time of day thanks, clallen at ntin dot net

  34. Kelsey C. says

    I brush my teeth every morning and every night. I use mouthwash each time, as well. I floss at least 2 times weekly and occasionally wash with warm salt water to keep out the bacteria!

  35. Patricia says

    Help your children brush their teeth and older children should be moinitored , this will show them the importance and impact the correct method. Little baby circles and all surfaces (inside,outsides,tops) and tongues. sandtimers can aid in the lenght of proper brushing and don’t forget to floss:)


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