I notice that Crest regular toothpaste contains sorbitol (found this at http://sale.dentist.net/products/crest-cavity-protection-toothpaste). Presumably the sorbitol is taken off the teeth by the rinses. Is that correct? I never knew about the drawbacks of sorbitol until I read your book, so thank you for pointing that out. I am now scrutinizing ingredients!
YES, IT IS ALL A BALANCE WHEN IT COMES TO THE PASTE AND RINSES.
NONE ARE PERFECT – BUT YOUR SURMISE IS EXACT – the “annoying” ingredients do not affect the effectiveness, nor put us at risk.
I also wish there was not SLS in Crest paste, but it does not seem to create any reaction in my user population.
I believe Crest is the best fabricated commercial paste ( the gold standard in the 1950s was a lot higher for oral products than it is today).
Sorbitol is only a problem when it is “fed” to plaque bacteria on a frequent basis ( as in chewing gum or sugarless mints).
The little bit added for sweetness to the paste is not of any consequence.
Do I wish it were xylitol? – yes , but that would make the paste different and more expensive also.
FYI – please don’t go looking for xylitol pastes – to date I have looked at the pastes available – and would NOT substitute any for Crest – for a number of reasons.
We will keep looking for improvements and let you know!
Thanks for your diligence –
Truly, I believe you should now relax and enjoy your new oral health!
Have a great day,