Written By Kassandra Foreman / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Eco-conscious consumers looking for ways to reduce packaging in all areas of life are gravitating toward toothpaste tablets. Also known as “unpaste” they are a great alternative for those who are cutting down on packaging, and they are becoming a mainstream product quickly.
People are growing more interested in sustainable and “clean label” products but toothpaste has been one of the last to be presented this way. Current toothpaste tubes are created with aluminum and plastics, and are difficult to recycle, are not biodegradable and their breakdown leaves microplastics. To avoid this toothpaste tablets are an alternative.
Variety for oral hygiene needs
A toothpaste tablet is made from the same ingredients that toothpaste is, but without the addition of water. As it remains dry it is easily formed into a tablet and packed much like vitamins or prescription medications. Many of the producers of these tablets are using recycled or reusable packing such as glass jars that can be refilled when needed.
Made with or without fluoride, there is a wide range of toothpaste tablets to fit a variety of oral hygiene needs. They are used by chewing the tablet as it dissolves into a paste, which is then brushed onto the teeth.
Travel and tablet toothpaste
For travel, a tablet toothpaste is easy to pack and transport, and is stable at most temperatures. A tube of toothpaste may spill or leak in a suitcase or bag but tablets can simply be picked back up if they spill and the clothing will remain clean. They take up little space when packing and for short trips it is easy to take only as many as you need, saving space for other items.
Unfortunately toothpaste tablets are not well studied and do not have scientific support for their use, slowing down their recommendations from dental professionals. The other barrier to their becoming common is the cost as they are more costly than other forms of toothpaste.
As they require water or saliva to become a paste, they may be difficult for those with dry mouth, but adding a sip of water to the process should help.
When used in combination with a diet that is low in both sugar and acids, good oral hygiene can prevent cavities and keep teeth free of residue and buildup. This helps toothpaste tablets do their job and keep the enamel protected and clean. To have healthy teeth it takes all of these working together and as the popularity of toothpaste tablets grows they can make brushing convenient and easy to maintain while travelling.
By reducing the packaging and creating only reusable or biodegradable packaging, toothpaste tablets are one way to reduce the carbon footprint of an individual or a family. They are easy to store, easy to use, and environmentally friendly.
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Kassandra Foreman has been writing freelance for five years now and enjoys learning about new things to write about. When not writing she teaches yoga and meditation with a focus on health and fitness.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.