• August 6, 2013
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Branam Xylitol Toothpaste: Reviewed

At a very early age we started introducing Anthony to the toothbrush. Since he had sensory issues and speech apraxia, stimulating his senses in his mouth was something his speech and occupational therapists both encouraged.

 

 

He enjoyed brushing his teeth for the most part when he was little.  It was an exciting and independent adventure. Although I would help and make sure he got all his teeth cleaned, it was something he looked forward to doing.

 

Anthony at 2 1/2 years old

But as Anthony got older, brushing his teeth started to become a hassle for him. It seemed to always be a chore that was in the way of something else he was doing at the moment. Very typical for a six-year-old. When I would remind him it was time to brush his teeth, Anthony would run into the bathroom and be out of there in less than a minute. When I would question him if he brushed at all, he would sneakily answer “Yes Mom, I brushed my teeth! Smell my breath!” Yes, he might of stuck some tooth paste in his mouth and quickly brushed, but was it a good job? Um, no. He also started to become particular about what flavor toothpaste he liked. He HATES anything minty or overly fruity.

 

Here is Anthony on a typical morning, brushing his teeth with his old toothpaste.

 

I get the annoyed look…

 

 

He’s brushing but not well. His goal is to get that toothbrush and toothpaste out of his mouth as quickly as possible. 

 

 

And as you can see, as he quickly spits out his toothpaste, most of it is still left on the toothbrush.

 

 

 

Of course this is the point where I would go back and re-brush his teeth for him. Brushing is no longer a fun experience for either of us. 

 

On another note….

 

A few months back I came across some articles on fluoride in toothpaste. I was SHOCKED! And the information was everywhere, and coming from many different resources. According to the Global Healing Center.

 

“Fluorides are more toxic than lead and only slightly less poisonous than arsenic… and these toxins can enter your body from brushing your teeth or rinsing with many popular dental care products!… is used in most brands of toothpaste to help prevent tooth decay. However, fluoride has never been proven to significantly aid in protecting teeth from the development of cavities.”

 

So after reading many articles on the subject of fluoride being a neurotoxin, I knew it was time to change the toothpaste my kids were using.  

 

Ironically, this was also around the time that I went to AutismOne. While I was there I went up to the Branam booth and met Shirley Gutkowski. We got to speaking about many things, and she told me about Branam’s Xylitol toothpaste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I went on the Branam website I read more about Xylitol.  

“Xylitol is an all natural ingredient that is clinically proven to help reduce bacteria and fight tooth decay. Approved by the FDA in 1963 as a natural alternative to sugar, xylitol is a white crystalline powder that is odorless with a pleasant sweet taste. Found in natural sources such as corn, birch trees, fruits and vegetables…”

 

This option sounded A LOT more favorable than fluoride! I mean, a natural ingredient (Xylitol) compared to a neurotoxin (fluoride).  

 

Another interesting find about Xylitol is it helps kill Streptococcus mutans and other bacteria as well. Now, if you follow my blog BioMed Heals then you are aware that my son Anthony, was diagnosed with PANDAS in 2012. A condition that is influenced by strep.  We try to avoid strep in every shape and form with Anthony, so this seemed like another great tool to have in that regard. 

My mind was made up. I needed to try this product! I ended up purchasing it on the spot there at AutismOne, and since then Anthony has been using Branam Xylitol toothpaste, and Happily might I add! 

 

He prefers the the Bubble Yum paste flavor, and says it doesn’t feel gross in his mouth. I also noticed that the paste breaks down much easier than some of the other toothpastes we had used in the past.  Which results in better coverage, and less toothpaste staying on the tooth brush and being spit out. 

 

Here is Anthony giving you his review of Branam Xylitol toothpaste.

 

He still doesn’t like to take a lot of time brushing his teeth… Hey, he’s a busy kid. But I believe that issue will correct itself with some maturity (and mommy persuading). But at least I know he loves the taste of the toothpaste, and he’s not being exposed to neurotoxins!

 

Kimberly Ruckman is the author of the blog BioMed Heals, which chronicles her son’s complete recovery from an autism spectrum disorder via biomedical intervention. She is married, has two children, and volunteers her time as a Grant Mentor for Generation Rescue. You can follow her on Twitter @biomedheals or Facebook/biomedheals.

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