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Color Changing Toothpaste for Kids

I love inventors. There’s always a good story behind their creations. In this case, the inventor of Vortex Color Changing Toothpaste is Dr. Howard Wright, a retired dentist. And color changing toothpaste isn’t the first thing he invented. He also has the patent on a special underwater whistle for scuba divers, which happens to be the loudest whistle in the world.

His next dream was to create a toothpaste that started out as two colors, and turned into another color, so that kids would be encouraged to brush vigorously. It took him 10 years to find a tube that could hold two compartments with different colors, but he never gave up. And it makes me kind of sad to think of him waiting those 10 years, because honestly, my kids don’t care so much about the changing colors. It’s actually the flavor that my son went crazy for. I believe his exact quote was “This is the best toothpaste in the whole entire world!” And for him, flavor has always been an issue (as I was reminded last night when I dug through a half dozen rejected tubes of toothpaste in the cabinet, trying to find the saline nose spray), so I’m thrilled he likes it. Here’s how it works:

You squirt the toothpaste out of the holes. You can see they don’t always come out at the same rate, so you may have to plug one hole with your finger to get an equal amount of the other color.

You load up your brush with red (looks more pink to me) and blue, and brush away. The toothpaste doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate, so it doesn’t foam. Dr. Wright says this is good for a few reasons. First, it has been linked to canker sores, and also, the absence of foam lets more fluoride come into contact with teeth. So how do you see the purple, when there’s no foam? Well, I tried it for myself, and I saw the purple on my brush, and when I spit the toothpaste out of my mouth. I’ll spare you a photo of my spit in the sink, but here’s what my toothbrush looked like after brushing:

Purple! You can try your own Vortex Color Changing Toothpaste by purchasing it here:

$6.95 at or

Ooh. I just saw this Twooth Timer, also for sale on the Vortex website. My kids could use one of these – maybe in their Easter basket to make sure they scrub well after eating all those jelly beans and chocolate bunnies!

Posted Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in Kids