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Best Toothpaste Tablets 2023

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Gemma Wheeler

(GDC Number: 259369)

Best toothpaste tablets

When you think toothpaste, you probably think squeezable tube.

Not any more!

There is a new era of toothpaste products upon us.  Say hello to toothpaste tablets.

Gone is the messy tube.  No awkward squeezing to get the last bits of paste out is required.

Toothpaste tablets are hard, chewable alternatives.

I’ve tested a good variety of those available. In this article I give my opinions on which are best.

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  • Contains fluoride
  • Low abrasivity
  • Compostable packaging
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Chewtab by WelDental
  • Contains Nano-Hydroxyapatite
  • Glass jar or carboard box
  • SLS free
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Bite toothpaste bits
  • Fluoride
  • TSA approved
  • Plant derived organic ingredients
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Hello toothpaste tablets
  • No animal testing
  • Vegan
  • Minimal ingredients
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Lush cosmetics toothy tabs
  • Fluoride free
  • Interesting flavors
  • Suitable for vegans
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Video Overview

Toothpaste Tablets (Zero Waste Toothpaste) Explained

Our top 5 choices for toothpaste tablets

This list includes both tablets with and without fluoride.

Fluoride is generally recommended by dental professionals and leading governing bodies like the American Dental Association (ADA)

Despite dental professionals advising fluoride be a key ingredient in toothpaste products, we understand that for some the personal choice is to opt for a fluoride free option.

The number of toothpaste tablets available that include fluoride is relatively limited at the time of writing.

1. Denttabs

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Quite possibly my favorite toothpaste tablet option.

They taste good, clean well and leave a long lasting freshness.

A more practical alternative for many to regular toothpaste, they contain fluoride, so you will get the approval of most dental professionals.

They are certainly more expensive than a regular tube of toothpaste though, the price you pay for a more environmentally-friendly and convenient option.


  • Environmentally considerate packaging
  • Contains fluoride
  • Low abrasivity
  • More natural ingredients


  • Initial taste
  • Not that easy to source
Preview Product Rating Price
Denttabs Denttabs 2,457 Reviews

Buy Denttabs here.

2. Chewtab by WelDental

Toothpaste Tablets, CHEWTAB with Xylitol, Zero Waste Packaging, Eco Friendly by WELDENTAL (Peppermint, 60 Tabs)

Chewtab are catering to different user needs, offering 2 different packages.

If you are purchasing for the first time you might wish to opt for the package containing 60 tablets in a glass jar. This is enough for 1 months use.

They also offer a more cost effective, 3 month pack of 180 tablets, packaged in an environmentally considerate cardboard box.

All of WelDental’s toothpaste tablets come without fluoride, but the ones we have linked to below contain Nano-Hydroxyapatite, which is a fluoride alternative. We recommend these over the non-fluoride ones.


  • Glass jar or cardboard box
  • 1 or 3 months supply
  • SLS free


  • More expensive than regular toothpaste
  • Not that easy to source
Preview Product Rating Price
Chewtab by WelDental Chewtab by WelDental 517 Reviews $22.95Amazon Prime

You can also purchase from Wel Dental’s own website.

3. Bite toothpaste bits

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Created by Lindsay McCormick, in California, USA, Bite toothpaste bits area great natural option when it comes to brushing your teeth.

Frustrated by the regular toothpaste packaging and its impact on the environment, Lindsay set out to create a more eco-friendly and ingredient-conscious product.

With no harsh chemicals and plant derived organic ingredients, these tablets are suitable for vegans and are very importantly great to use on a daily basis.

There is a nice fresh minty taste, without the dusty, chalky and clumpy texture that can come with some other products.

It is Bite who have perhaps drawn the most attention to this new type of toothpaste product thanks to gaining the attention of leading publications around the world.

Given their model of sending refills in biodegradable packaging (you re-use the original glass jar that they come in), Bite is arguably the best zero waste toothpaste currently available. 


  • Environmentally considerate packaging
  • Fluoride option available
  • No harsh chemicals
  • Plant derived organic ingredients
  • More travel friendly
  • Suitable for Vegans


  • Low abrasivity
  • More expensive than regular toothpaste
  • Not that easy to source
  • Shipping in a glass jar isn’t eco-friendly

Buy Bite Toothpaste Bits

4. Hello Toothpaste Tablets

hello toothpaste tablets

Hello is a relatively new toothpaste brand that has now ventured into tablets as well.

They take a minimal approach to ingredients, but unfortunately this means there is no fluoride included and no alternative anti-cavity protection.

On the plus side, Hello is Leaping Bunny certified, which means its products are never tested on animals.

Preview Product Rating Price
Hello toothpaste tablets Hello toothpaste tablets 4,223 Reviews $11.99 $7.99Amazon Prime


  • Vegan
  • No animal testing
  • Minimal ingredients
  • Recyclable packaging


  • No fluoride option
  • Expensive compared to regular toothpaste

5. Lush Cosmetics Toothy Tabs

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Lush are a very popular cosmetics brand from the UK who have gained global recognition for their more considerate approach to cosmetics.

Doing away with what many would consider the ‘unnecessary’ ingredients, their range of toothy tabs are one of, if not the largest with an array of flavors, some of which will appeal to more than others.

Fluoride free, the tabs come in small plastic bottles, which can be easily reused or recycled, in fact, the bottle is made from recycled plastic.

Each bottle offers just under 2 months supply of tabs.


  • More natural ingredients and less chemicals
  • Less packaging
  • More eco-friendly
  • More travel friendly
  • Low abrasivity
  • Interesting flavors
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans


  • Taste
  • Shelf life
  • More expensive than regular toothpaste
  • Not that easy to source
  • No fluoride option available

Buy Lush Toothy Tabs

Toothpaste Tablets Buyer’s Guide

Toothpaste Tablets (Zero Waste Toothpaste) Explained

Learn all you need to know about toothpaste tablets.  Find out what they really are, how they work and why you might want to make the switch from regular paste.

What are toothpaste tablets?

Toothpaste tablets are essentially a solid version of regular toothpaste.

They are not a liquid nor are they a paste, they are generally a compressed powder.

Often they are small, circular shaped tablets, like paracetamol or aspirin might be.

Achieving the same thing as regular toothpaste, the idea is that you chew, brush and go.

When bitten into, the tablet breaks and reacts to the moisture in your mouth, foaming up to create a paste which you can brush your teeth with.

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Other names for toothpaste tablets?

Toothpaste tablets is a broader name to describe a toothpaste that is made into a small, chewable tablet.

Different companies and brands give their own names, but just some of the variations on toothpaste tablets I have seen include:

  • Toothpaste Tabs
  • Toothpaste Bits
  • Toothy Tabs
  • Toothpaste Pills
  • Zero waste toothpaste (in some cases)
  • Chewable toothpaste
  • Solid toothpaste

Unless explicitly stated, they are essentially the same thing, just with a different name.

What do toothpaste tablets replace?

The tablets are designed to replace the regular tubes of toothpaste that most of us know and are familiar with.

According to Denttabs, one of the pioneers in toothpaste tablet production, conventional toothpastes consist of 50% water.

In order to produce a paste to stabilize it and make it preservable, you need many chemical ingredients.

In a tablet form, there is no water and less need for chemicals to stabilize and preserve them.

They are also better for the environment.

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A typical tube of toothpaste actually weighs around 4.8oz.

If toothpaste is around 50% water, roughly 2.8oz of that weight is water.

A pot of Lush Toothy Tabs weighs 1.7oz and you get approximate 100 tablets.

Over the course of a year, you would require 730 tablets, which would weigh in at 12.4oz.

Roughly speaking you would need 4 tubes of toothpaste a year.  At 8.4oz each that is a total weight of 33.6oz.

Therefore the tablets weigh 21.2oz less.

21oz of weight saving a year might not sound a lot, but you need to think about the scale and volumes at which toothpaste is produced.

Consider how it is made by a company, shipped to a warehouse and then to stores around the country.

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Typically, the packaging for tablets tends to be smaller and made from recyclable plastics or card.  There is also no water used, saving resources, weight and volume in packaging and shipping containers.

Although squeezable toothpaste tubes are made from plastic, they are difficult to recycle and few recycling plants accept them.

There are 325 million people in the USA.

If everyone used toothpaste tablets, in 1 year alone, by my calculations that is over 309577 tonnes of weight that could be saved each year.  That means fewer trucks moving products about and lower carbon emissions.

The following video is put together by Women’s Health from Cosmopolitan magazine and is dedicated to Bite, a brand of tablet toothpastes.  It gives a good overview of the situation and why they have come about.

Bite has a model whereby it ships refills to you in biodegradable packaging, thus saving on waste. Your first purchase comes as a jar filled with tablets, and from there on the idea is you simply refill the jar.

This arguably makes Bite the best zero waste toothpaste option.

Unfortunately at the moment, it is not possible to buy refills as a one-off purchase — you need to subscribe to a recurring plan, which sends them every four months.

Ideally, we would like to see an option whereby you can simply buy Bite in biodegradable packaging as a one-off purchase, thus reducing packaging further.

That being said, this model is head and shoulders above plastic toothpaste tubes going in the bin.

Benefits of toothpaste tablets

The benefits of toothpaste tablets are:

  • Eco-friendly/packaging – Toothpaste in a tablet form does not contain water, making them lighter and more compact in comparison to tubes of toothpaste. The packaging tends to be recyclable unlike toothpaste tubes.
  • Zero waste options – One of the brands we have mentioned, Bite, operates a model for zero waste toothpaste, reducing pollution.
  • Ingredients – Although it varies from one brand of tablet to another, there tends to be less chemical ingredients, so less total ingredients. They are often more natural and better suited to vegans.
  • Travel/TSA approved – Small and compact, you can take what you need, rather than what a shop bought tube limits you too. The tablets do not generally count to your in your carry on allowance, making them TSA approved.
  • Abrasivity – Tend to be less abrasive and more gentle on the teeth.
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Negatives of toothpaste tablets

Of course, there are some potential negatives associated with toothpaste tablets, these are:

  • Availability – They are a more niche product at this time and only select retailers and online stores sell them.
  • Shelf life – The shelf life of the tablets tend to be less than a regular tube of toothpaste because they are no or less preservatives included.
  • Price – Tubes of toothpaste are cheaper, given the competitive and mature market. Tablets are more expensive for the benefits they bring.
  • Often fluoride free – Check the packaging, but often the tablets are missing the vital tooth protecting ingredient, fluoride.
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Are they better than regular toothpaste?

Whether they are better or not will be a personal opinion.

For some, they will be better because they tend to be made of more natural ingredients and more environmentally-friendly.

Others will consider them better as they are lighter and less bulky than regular tubes of toothpaste, which is particularly useful when traveling.

From a cleaning the teeth perspective, they are designed to be equivalent to regular tubes of toothpaste.

To my knowledge, no clinical studies have compared toothpaste in a tablet form against a regular tube of toothpaste.

How to use toothpaste tablets

The directions given by toothpaste tablet manufacturers will differ slightly, but most tend to suggest:

  • Place a single tablet in the mouth.
  • Biting/chewing the tablet to break it up (a tiny bit of water or saliva in the mouth is useful).
  • Wet the head of a toothbrush.
  • Brush as normal.
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Every manufacturer of toothpaste tablets will use different ingredients to achieve the taste and results they want.

What is common, however, is there are much fewer if any chemicals used to stabilize and preserve the tablets.

In most cases, the tablets are made of natural products and will often be suitable for vegans.

Where man-made substances are used, in most cases these tend to be those that are considered ‘safe’.

For example, in Lush cosmetics Limelight toothy tabs, there are 25 ingredients.

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Those natural ingredients are:

  • Cream of Tartar
  • Kaolin
  • Lime Oil
  • Lemon Oil
  • Spearmint Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Baobab Fruit Powder
  • Gardenia Extract
  • Citric Acid
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Citral
  • Limonene
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The safe synthetic ingredients are:

  • Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous
  • Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Lauroyl Sarcosine
  • Sorbitol
  • Silica
  • Malic Acid
  • Synthetic Fluorphlogopite
  • Tin Oxide
  • Sodium Saccharin
  • Flavor
  • Colour 19140:1
  • Colour 42090:2
  • Colour 77491

It is worth noting that many do exclude fluoride.

I am not here to discuss the pros and cons of fluoride and whether toothpaste should include it or not. There is plenty of discussion on the internet about this already.

However, fluoride within toothpaste is the recommendation of leading dental and health bodies around the world, including the American Dental Association so if like me you would prefer to take the advice of dentists you will be pleased to know that there are a few tablets that do include fluoride.

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Cost – Are they worth it?

Toothpaste tablets are more expensive.

As demand increases, I expect prices will fall, but for the foreseeable future you will be expected to pay a premium.

As I have shown, most toothpaste tablets are made from more natural ingredients and more environmentally considerate.  But this is one of the biggest appeals of these toothpaste alternatives.

As it stands at the moment, you often have to pay a premium to obtain such.

Whether you feel it is worth paying this premium will be up to you, ultimately it is a personal decision, but one often justified by the benefits.

Tubes of toothpaste can range from about $2 through to $10 for those ‘special’ tubes of paste.

In most cases, a standard toothpaste will cost around $3 for a 4.8oz tube.

With 4 tubes a year you are looking at a cost of about $12.

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If you were to buy a months supply of Archtek toothpaste tablets (view on Amazon) they would cost you $8.

Therefore over the course of a year the cost is $96, $84 more expensive than a tube of paste.

However, if it is the more natural ingredients that appeals to you, products like Redmond Earthpaste (view on Amazon) sells for around $19 a tube.

Therefore over a year you would pay $76.

This then is only $20 less than the tablets.

Where to buy toothpaste tablets

It is not all that easy to buy toothpaste tablets.  You are unlikely to find them in your local pharmacy or grocery store.

The following are a list of places from which you can buy toothpaste tablets.

I have divided the list up into 2 parts, those with fluoride and those without.

Buy toothpaste tablets with fluoride

Buy fluoride free toothpaste tablets


The following are a number of frequently asked questions surrounding toothpaste tablets.

What do they taste like?

This depends on the individual toothpaste tablets. Some brands have designed their products to be minty, as is common with most regular toothpastes.

Other brands specifically make tablets with different flavors to make them different and appeal to different users.

Where in many tubes of toothpaste the flavoring can be artificial, with tablets, it tends not to be.

All the ones I tried have a bit of a powdery taste for the first few seconds as it reacts with water/saliva to create a paste.

Personally I have found the worst tasting tablets to be those without fluoride, with a more powder/clay like taste.

Are they messy?


The tablets are not really messy. You can get a little dust from the pot or of course if a tablet is cracked/smashed when not in the mouth a small amount of mess will be created, but it is easy to clean up.

Do they foam when bitten?

Yes and no, it depends on the tablet and what it contains.

Some foam up more than others.

Foaming is not a sign of how good a toothpaste is and is, for the most part, a placebo effect that toothpaste manufacturers have used to make it look like the paste is working better.

So a tablet/paste does not need to foam, but some will more than others.

Are they suitable for vegans?

Many are yes. However, it is worth checking the specific product/company to confirm this. Lush cosmetics are an example of a company who do produce vegan toothpaste tabs.

Should I rinse after use?

No. Always spit out the excess, but do not rinse out after brushing, this removes the good left behind by the paste and brushing.

Are toothpaste tablets safe for kids?

Yes, they are.

However, you need to be aware of a few things.

Firstly, your child needs to be old enough and capable to chew and tablet and use it as a paste rather than chewing and swallowing, like they might a sweet.  They need to understand how it works. Children aged 6 years or above will likely understand this, but it will be parental discretion.

Many tablets do not contain fluoride which is the recommendation of dentists.  You should research the pros and cons of this and seek professional advice in deciding what to opt for.

How do I care for my toothpaste tablets?

Treat your tablets like you would dry food. Keep them in a cool dry place and away from moisture. A sealed bottle (like most come supplied in) is ideal.

Your Opinions

Have you used toothpaste tablets or made the switch from regular tubes of toothpaste?

Which ones do you use and why?

Are there certain things you like or dislike about using them?

Let me and other users know your opinions know, your input is valuable.

And of course, should you have any questions, just ask.

About Jon Love

Jon is a leading voice on electric toothbrushes and has been quoted by mainstream media publications for his opinions and expertise. Having handled & tested hundreds of products there really is very little he does not know about them. Passionate about business and helping others, Jon has been involved in various online enterprises since the early 2000s. After spending 12 years in consumer technology, it was in 2014 that he focused his attention on dental health, having experienced first-hand the challenge of choosing a new toothbrush.

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22 thoughts on “Best Toothpaste Tablets 2023”

  1. How about Change toothpaste from Canada? I’ve been using it for 6 months now and really like it. It does not have fluoride though so I may try Denttabs. Thanks for your well researched reviews.

    • Hi Jim.

      We have not yet tested/tried these. There are many more brands/types of toothpaste tablets coming to the market, so we haven’t tried them all.
      No doubt they are comparable to some of the other options in our list.

  2. The reason I have not transitioned tp tooth tabs is because of the abrasivity of them, and the fact that mint oil or extract (natural) can be potentially very irritating to the gums (and baking soda can excessively erode your enamel which is obviously bad especially if you already have sensitive teeth like me) which is why there are none of these tabs recommended by dentists or by the ADA, which is the biggest problem for me. I wonder if they will ever exist addressing both issues

    • Abigail.

      It is only a matter of time before they are recommended by more dentists and the ADA. Many dentists already are already doing so, but many like to test themselves before using.

      There will too be circumstances where they are not right for certain people because of conditions or ingredients.

    • I am a dentist looking into eco friendly toothpastes. I would love if one had the ADA seal of approval. I’m guessing they don’t yet because of the time and cost for the studies and the fact that many don’t contain fluoride, which I think is a deal breaker. I’d also like to know the RDA (relative dentin abrasion) of the different formulations. But if it makes you feel any better, baking soda is VERY low abrasion (7). In comparison, a tooth brush and water is 4, regular Colgate is 68 and many whitening formulations are >100

  3. I live in Hawaii. I tried a brand of tabs last year that came in a little cardboard tube. It took a couple of weeks before it all melted into goop at the bottom of the tube. I don’t remember the brand.
    Do you have any idea which product out won’t melt in Hawaii’s humidity?

    • Hi Michael.

      I have not heard of tablets melting. That said, my climate is not like Hawaii.

      Putting them in an airtight container should help to stop the moisture etc getting in.

      Perhaps give some another go trying this rather than in a cardboard tube.

  4. Thank you for all your research and the wonderfully informative article. Do you have list of RDA (relative dentinal abrasivity) numbers for toothpaste tablets and powders?

    • Hi Terri.

      Thanks for the comment. At this time we do not have a list of the RDA number for all toothpaste tablets and powders.

      It is potentially something we should consider for the future as I can see how it would be useful. Thanks for the suggestion, but I can’t offer this right now for you.

  5. How can I get the raw materials that I need for toothpaste tablets?… and what the device that can used to make the tablets?

  6. I would love to use toothpaste tablets but I have sensitive gums. I have been using Sensodyne Sensitive. Do you know if any tablet toothpaste that would address this issue?

    Thanks for your help.

    • Audrey.

      I am not aware personally of any toothpaste tablets that are as effective as Sensodyne is for sensitive teeth and gums.

      Depending on the cause of your sensitive gums, you might find that because some toothpaste tablets use more natural ingredients your find them ok to use.

      Speaking to your dentist could be the best course of action to get their professional advice based on your particular circumstances.

  7. Thank you for taking the time to write this incredible article! After researching my options thanks to your article, I chose to go with Bite. I am a woman who happens to be blind. I use screen readers, little pieces of software which make the computer speak and read the screen to me. I wanted to order from Bite. I attempted placing an order, however I could not accomplish it with the screen reader. I could not add items to my cart. I generally contact the company in cases such as this via phone and explain my problem. 9 times out of 10, companies are more than willing to assist me. This time however, I could not locate a phone number. I sent them an E-mail explaining my situation and one of their representatives gave me her personal cell phone number to call her on. I did so and we had a fabulous conversation, in addition to me placing my order with her! I am moving to Ireland. Bite does not cell products in Europe however I was able to purchase enough product to last me for the next year. I will come back next June and order some more. I love the Bite Toothpaste Bits and the absolutely fabulous customer service which I received!

    • Thanks for the feedback Natalia.

      It is so positive to hear that despite their website now allowing you to place an order, the company took a proactive stance to assist you to do so as soon as they heard about it.

      I am personally a big fan of companies who go above and beyond like this.

  8. I have tried and really like the Bite tabs. I switched to these because of the plastic issue so I really appreciate their commitment to using non plastic packaging (sure, you can reuse and recycle a plastic bottles but, will you and, it still came from a petroleum products.)

    The bite tabs really foam up, so much so that, maybe they could be even smaller and therefore, maybe the price could drop. Price may be an issue for many.

    • Cathy,

      You will need to order from the manufacturers website or search to buy them online. We do not sell them ourselves.

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