Toothpaste tablets are a plastic-free, zero-waste and overall more eco alternative to traditional toothpaste in a tube. To use, you chew a tablet to break it down into a paste, brush as normal and then spit. It's the same process as regular toothpaste, just without the tube-paste!
Toothpaste tablets have similar ingredients to traditional toothpaste but avoid preservatives, such as parabens or sodium benzoate. Like traditional toothpaste, toothpaste tablets are available as fluoride or non-fluoride variations.*
*Fluoride strengthens enamel and prevent cavities and decay, so it is recommended by dentists. In fact, since fluoride has been introduced into some water systems, up to 60% of people get less holes in their teeth. At normal doses, fluoride has been proven to be perfectly safe. However, as high amounts of fluoride can be toxic, some people opt to go without (hence non-fluoride options). At Brush Fresh, we stock both fluoride and fluoride-free solutions.
Tip: If you are aiming for a no fluoride toothpaste, please see your dentist first for advice on how to prevent cavities.
Why Toothpaste Tablets?
“Conventional toothpaste tubes aren’t easy to recycle,” says Dr Sahar Farzadnia from Good Environmental Choice Australia for The Guardian. “They’re usually made from different types of plastics, including the cap, and they’re sometimes laminated with a metal layer, which can be another big barrier to recycling. This means tubes can end up in landfill and fragment over time.”
Toothpaste tablets, on the other hand, are housed in recyclable packaging or reusable jars, making them a much more sustainable alternative.
Benefits of Toothpaste Tablets
- Better for the environment: Most toothpaste tablets will come in recyclable packaging and contain just natural ingredients (that are not harmful for the environment). This prevents plastic tubes and caps ending up in landfill, and makes better use of products which come from sustainable sources.
- Cruelty-free option: Most toothpaste tablets will be cruelty-free and not tested on animals, unlike some brands of traditional toothpaste on the market.
- Perfect for travel: As toothpaste tablets contain no liquids and are therefore designated as "safe to travel" with, you can store them in your hand luggage with ease. Travel light and eliminate hassle.
Are Toothpaste Tablets Effective?
Yes — toothpaste tablets are effective. Their purpose is to clean the teeth and gums as well as traditional toothpaste, just with natural and vegan ingredients that are without hidden additives instead.
Most toothpaste tablets also contain fluoride which, like traditional toothpaste, reduces the demineralization process (when tooth decay starts to occur), and helps areas where demineralization has already occurred (to re-mineralize). Fluoride also helps fight dental plaque - the main reason behind tooth decay and gum disease.
Are Toothpaste Tablets Good for Your Teeth?
Yes — toothpaste tablets are good for your teeth. They are free of preservatives, such as parabens, and made from natural ingredients that are good for your teeth and gums. Fluoride toothpaste tablets also help prevent decay, as well as fight dental plaque.
Brush Fresh Co. is founded and run by a group of UK-based dentists, who specialise in environmentally-friendly and sustainable dental products. From biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes to zero waste toothbrush tablets, our product range has been designed to put both your dental health and the environment first. For more information and dental care advice, head over to our blog page or get in contact with us here.