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My children like regular (flouride-free) toothpaste but not tooth soap. I'm sure they wouldn't like baking soda, plus they aren't great with spitting erverything out. Has anyone else been able to find something palatable for children with no glycerin?

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Great question! I would like to know too. Sometimes my son will use tooth soap, but my daughter won't. She just uses water and I would like her to use something more.

There has to be something that's OK tasting, not too soapy, not too abrasive and that doesn't have fluoride.

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I'm still using Tom's of Maine floride-free strawberry toothpaste for DS- I started using it long before I knew about glycerin and he likes the taste.

The rest of us use a glycerin-free toothpaste- but it's a mint flavor and DS hates mint.

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What is wrong with glycerin? I know they are in the suppositories I had for DD and in castille soap...please enlighten me!!
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The criticism of glycerin is that it coats the teeth, cannot be removed for about 30 brushings, and so therefore the teeth can not remineralize from your saliva. If the teeth are perfectly clean, and not coated with anything, the minerals in your saliva can be absorbed by the teeth.

Toothsoap is one kind of cleanser without glycerin. But, ya know, it's soap so very soapy tasting.

Doesn't glycerin seem natural and perfectly fine? It's not in this case, many believe.

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We're going through this with my kids, too. They hate tooth soap and baking soda, and I don't know what to do. I've used Dr. Christopher's tooth powder with success, and will probably go back to that.

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Cool, we'll try Dr. Christopher's tooth powder--I just want to ask an herbalist friend about the herbs in it. Right now we use Weleda Children's Tooth Gel, which is flouride free, and they love the taste, but I don't like the glycerin.

Thanks for the info.!!!!
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The criticism of glycerin is that it coats the teeth, cannot be removed for about 30 brushings,
I think you meant to say 30 rinsings.

Right now DS is using Spry Infant Tooth Gel, it doesn't have glycerin but I'm not even sure how I feel about the xylitol issue.
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We just bought some of the Spry. What is the issue with xylitol??? I must be missing something (posted earlier about buying it).
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This is the first that I've heard of the glycerin issue and of Spry in particular. Thank you! I'd like to get some of that. Does anyone know if Whole Foods stocks it or if there's an on-line retailer with free or cheap shipping within the US? Thanks.

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I thought I was covered...what's the issue with xylitol?:

God, being informed is so much work!!!!

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courious about the xylitol issue...
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I'm just wondering, after reading all this, if we really need any special ingredients for tooth brushing at all!
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Xylitol is controversial because it is a highly refined 'artificial' sugar- it's an alcohol sugar which will give you diarrhea if you consume a lot of it. Mercola has a good bit about it on his site. However, in theraputic doses, such as found in toothpaste and gum, I don't worry about it. To me, for that use, it's a small dose and you're spitting it out. It's a localized action on the teeth. The studies who have shown benefit to the teeth from consuming it have used small amounts, like 7g spread out throughout the day.

So we use it in toothpaste and gum and mints for those in the house who have decay, but we don't cook with it.

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I was at Whole Foods and read the ingredients of Spry gum and there's glycerin in it! Do you think that's an issue?

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I'm just wondering, after reading all this, if we really need any special ingredients for tooth brushing at all!
I'm starting to think the same thing- maybe just get DS to brush with a wet toothbrush, no paste at all. That seems a lot more realistic than getting him to brush with anything minty! The only toothpaste he likes is Tom's of Maine Silly Strawberry. I've been using it on his teeth since he was an infant, so obviously he's used to it.

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My son is 26 months. I've also been unable to find anything. I've just started using Spry Infant Gel, but up until today I've used a Himalayan Salt solution (a few rocks of Himalayan salt in a glass jar filled with water), or sometimes just plain water. I will likely alternate the salt water with the Spry infant gel. For now, he seems quite taken with the novelty of the new toothpaste.
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if there's an on-line retailer with free or cheap shipping within the US? Thanks.
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