We recently switched from our toothpaste of habit for years, Crest, to a more natural option made by Spry. I’ve spent a lot time learning about what’s in our food and I’ve researched and changed out our shampoo and conditioner, soaps, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies. I even switched the kids toothpaste a few years back. But for some reason, I continued to buy Crest toothpaste without really thinking about it.
A few weeks ago, I was placing an order on Vitacost, a discount website with tons of natural and organic products, and I came across Spry toothpaste and ordered it on a whim. Now I’m wondering what took me so long to make the switch.
Spry toothpaste is made with xylitol, a natural sweetener that comes from the fibrous part of plants. It doesn’t break down like other sugar and can help keep a natural pH in the mouth. It also prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth. Studies using xylitol as a sugar substitute or a small dietary addition showed a dramatic reduction in new tooth decay. You can read more about the effects of xylitol on dental health here.
The Spry toothpaste is fluoride free and sugar free. The peppermint flavor reminds me of an Altoid, but less intense. My teeth feel clean, my breath is fresh, and the Spry toothpaste is safe enough for everyone in our house to use. Spry toothpaste is “kid-friendly” for children 2 and up and is not harmful if swallowed. Our Crest toothpaste, on the other hand, comes with a warning to keep out of reach of children under 6 and to contact a Poison Control Center right away if more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed.
I’m glad we finally made the switch. We’ll see what our dentist has to say about the health of our teeth at our next cleaning, but I suspect it will be positive.
Have you tried a Xylitol toothpaste? What was your experience?