What Are Toothpaste Tablets?

What Are Toothpaste Tablets?

Toothpaste tablets are chewable versions of the toothpaste from tubes. Just pop one in your mouth, chew to break it up and brush as you normally would.

The fluoride toothpaste tablets contain 1450ppm fluoride, which is the same as regular toothpaste.

Why switch to toothpaste tablets?

I love them because there are plastic free, preservative free and are made responsibly in Europe. They are also vegan.

The 2 month packs come in home compostable, plant based bags and a small cardboard box and the 1 month starter kits come in a reusable tin.

What can I do with my old toothpaste tubes?

Pump action toothpaste tubes can be popped into many council recycling bins. If you're unsure what you can recycle on your kerbside, there are tons of great resources (that don't include complicated council websites!).

My favourite is the Horizon app which lets you scan a barcode, enter your postcode and then it advises what can and can't be recycled.

The squeezy toothpaste tubes are tricky to recycle. However, TerraCycle UK have found a way to do it! They have over 700 collection points for dental products in the UK and they are collecting any brand of:

  • electric or battery toothbrush head
  • manual toothbrushes
  • toothpaste tubes and caps
  • toothbrush outer packaging
  • toothpaste outer packaging
  • dental floss packaging

Should I use Fluoride or Non-Fluoride Toothpaste Tablets?

This is a personal choice.

Fluoride is a natural mineral that’s proven to be effective in preventing tooth decay and the development of cavities. It’s found naturally in some foods and some fresh water sources.

Tooth enamel is the outer covering of your teeth. It’s stronger than bone and made from calcium and phosphate. Your spit, or saliva, is also loaded with calcium and phosphate and bathes the teeth to keep them strong.

When you eat things like sugary foods, crackers or noodles, cavity-causing bacteria starts feasting on the carbohydrates in these foods. This produces acids that attack your enamel. It causes calcium and phosphate to be stripped from the tooth enamel, leaving you more vulnerable to decay and cavities.

However, saliva disrupts the attack as it coats your teeth and adds back calcium and phosphate to replace what had been stripped away. When your saliva has fluoride in it from sources like toothpaste or water, your teeth are able to take it in. Once in your enamel, fluoride teams up with calcium and phosphate there to create the most powerful defence system your teeth can have to prevent cavities from forming: fluorapatite. It’s much stronger, more resistant to decay and fights to protect your teeth. https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/fluoride-superhero.

Opt for a toothpaste without fluoride if you're allergic to fluoride or if you have certain medical conditions – but speak to your dentist or doctor first about your current fluoride intake. https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/fluoride/why-use-a-fluoride-free-toothpaste-04

This blog is not a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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