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Best Non-Mint Toothpaste Options For Adults

non-mint toothpaste tablets

There are many reasons why you may want to choose a non mint toothpaste – perhaps you don’t like the taste of mint, or you may find mint too overpowering.

Some people find mint can cause a burning sensation in the mouth and wish to avoid this. 

Mint is the traditional flavour of oral care products, in part because mint is known for its antibacterial and fungicidal properties, and because of its perceived refreshing flavour.

But companies are now reaching out to those looking for a mint free toothpaste. On this page I include various options for you to consider, and my comments about them.

3 good non-mint toothpaste options

These are by no means the only good toothpastes that come without mint flavouring — there are various other options.

But to keep things simple, I have listed 3 good choices below. I also include other options later on in the article.

The toothpastes that have made it into this list:

  • Contain fluoride — read on to find out why. If non-fluoride is what you are looking for I have these covered further on in the article.
  • Avoid mint flavours.

Colgate Liquid Gel 2-in-1

Colgate Liquid Gel 2-in-1

I have included this toothpaste as one of the best non mint toothpastes because it is easily available and still contains the important fluoride you need for protecting against decay.

You can use it as a toothpaste and brush with it, and it can also be used as a mouthwash, although there are no obvious instructions for this! In any case, I would recommend you just use it to brush twice daily and do not rinse afterwards.

This toothpaste in a strawberry or watermelon flavour, and whilst targeted at kids there is no reason that adults can’t use it too!

Pros

  • Contains fluoride for protection against cavities
  • Strawberry or Watermelon flavour
  • Easily available in stores and online
  • Minimum list of ingredients
  • Vegan

Cons

  • No information on animal testing

Where to buy

Price Comparison

  • 100ml tube
  • $3 / tube
  • $

The Humble Co Toothpaste in a Jar Kids Strawberry with Fluoride

The humble co toothpaste

This Swedish Company has a real focus on sustainability and natural products. Their toothpaste in a jar is one of a few products they provide that are aiming to reduce plastic waste, but I have chosen this one as it is totally plastic free whilst also being a good product and a fair price.

They are also an ethical company, and each purchase helps the Humble Smile Foundation, which helps prevent suffering caused by oral disease.

For a more environmentally friendly option, keep your eyes peeled for their toothpaste in jar.

Pros

  • Vegan
  • Cruelty free
  • Plastic free packaging, FSC approved
  • Contains fluoride
  • Strawberry flavour
  • SLS free
  • No Parabens

Cons

  • Only available online with a couple of retailers

Where to buy

Price Comparison

  • 75ml jar
  • Approx $6 / tube
  • $$

Oranurse Unflavoured toothpaste

Oranurse Unflavoured toothpaste

This toothpaste has rave reviews on Amazon and Facebook.

What makes this one special? It is the only option I could find which is completely unflavoured toothpaste.

This is ideal if for those who have very sensitive mouths, whether that is because of autism or a wide range of oral diseases.

Pros

  • Completely unflavoured.
  • SLS free – also non foaming.
  • Vegan.
  • Two different fluoride levels available.
  • Suitable for a wide range of medical conditions.

Cons

  • May be difficult to get hold of due to production and supply issues.

Where to buy

Price comparison

  • 50ml tube (roughly 90-100g)
  • Approx. $7 – $8 / tube
  • $$

Why go for a non-mint toothpaste?

There are a number of reasons that make non mint flavoured toothpaste preferable to some people:

  • Personal preference — some simply don’t like the taste of mint. In particular, adults and children with learning disabilities can prefer a more bland tasting toothpaste.
  • Mint may cause a burning sensation in the mouth. 
  • Certain oral conditions may make mint toothpaste uncomfortable in the mouth, for example:
    • Oral Lichen Planus sufferers.
    • Head and neck cancer patients after radiotherapy.
    • Burning mouth syndrome.
    • Sjögrens syndrome
    • Behcets disease
    • Allergies or intolerance to mint.

In addition to these reasons, there is some debate about whether you should avoid mint if receiving homeopathic medicines. Whilst the advice seems to be that you don’t need to avoid mint during homeopathic treatment, it is your choice – and hopefully this list of non-mint toothpaste will help you.

Can adults use kids’ non-mint toothpastes?

Generally speaking, kids’ toothpastes are more likely to be fruit flavoured than an adult toothpaste. But it doesn’t matter whether it is marketed at children or adults, as long as it has the correct amount of fluoride in it.

Children’s toothpastes may contain lower concentrations of fluoride, especially if they are targeted at children under 6 years old. Over this, they may well have the same concentration of fluoride as an adult toothpaste.

The take home message here is that as long as the toothpaste contains at least 1350ppm fluoride you will get a good level of protection, regardless of whether the flavoured toothpaste is marketed at children or adults.

Fluoride-free non-mint toothpastes

Fluoride is a vital ingredient to toothpaste, and only toothpastes which contain fluoride will normally be recommended by dentists. The recommendations in my more general best toothpaste article all contain fluoride.

To still get the anti-cavity benefits of your mint free toothpaste, make sure it still has fluoride in its list of ingredients. 

As a dentist, I don’t normally recommend fluoride free toothpaste, as you miss out on the known anti-cavity properties of fluoride, but I do respect that some people may still wish to avoid toothpastes containing fluoride. 

In which case, there are two main options available to you:

  1. A non-mint fluoride free toothpaste that contains no fluoride and no major source of remineralizing agent. Whilst ingredients like xylitol have a small anti-cavity effect, it would not be enough to be remineralizing in the same way as fluoride.
  2. A non-mint fluoride free toothpaste that contains no fluoride and which does contain an alternative remineralizing agent. Calcium phosphates (such as hydroxyapatite) help re-harden the tooth surface in a similar way to fluoride. These ingredients are newer than fluoride and are still undergoing long term studies, but are showing a lot of promise. They are normally more expensive than fluoride, but there is lots of evidence supporting their effectiveness.

I’ve rounded up a whole list of non-mint toothpastes, and you can see which ones don’t contain fluoride below.

Some popular options include:

  • Biomed toothpastes (view on Amazon) – which contain an alternative remineralising ingredient.
  • Kingfisher toothpastes (view on Amazon) – which have a variety of different flavours.
  • GC Tooth Mousse (view on Amazon) – has an alternative remineralising ingredient, is great for sensitivity, and has a wide range of flavours.

Other mint-free toothpastes

The mint-free toothpastes included on this page have been selected using the criteria below:

  • Contain fluoride — read on to find out why. If non-fluoride is what you are looking for I have these covered further on in the article.
  • Avoid mint flavours.

If you are choosing your own toothpaste, I recommend factoring the above points in as well as the general advice on choosing a toothpaste from our toothpaste hub page.

Name of ProductAnti-cavity protectionFlavourPrice Range
Redmond EarthpasteNoCinnamon
Lemon Twist
$$
Radius USDA Organic ToothpasteNoClove Cardamom
Dragon Fruit
Ginger Citrus
Coconut Banana
$$
Auromere Ayurvedic ToothpastenoClassic Licorice
Mint Free
Cardamom Fennel
$$
Himalaya Botanique Complete Care ToothpasteNoSimply Cinnamon
Neem and pomegranate
$
Dr Bronner’s  All-in-One ToothpasteNoAnise
Cinnamon
$$
Jason Healthy Mouth® Tartar Control Anti-Cavity Toothpaste fluorideTea Tree & Cinnamon$
Jason Simply CoconutnoCoconut Cream
Chamomile
Eucalyptus
$$
Marvis toothpastenoAmarelli Licorice
Black Forest
Other flavours with a hint of mint
$$
Hello kids toothpaste with fluoridefluorideBlue Raspberry
Strawberry
$$
Tom’s of Maine Clean and FreshnoFennel$
Tom’s of Maine Children’s fluoride toothpastefluorideSilly strawberry$
Tom’s of Maine Children’s Fluoride Free ToothpastenoSilly strawberry$
Tom’s of Maine Fluoride Free Toddler Training ToothpastenoMild fruit
$
Colgate Kids 2 in 1fluorideStrawberry Smash
Watermelon Burst
$
Colgate Zero for Kids 3-24 monthsnoMild Fruit$
Colgate Zero for Kids 2-6 yearsfluorideStrawberry$
Kingfisher Fluoride freenoFennel
Strawberry
$$
Kingfisher Natural toothpaste with Fluoride fluorideFennel$$
Oranursefluorideunflavoured$$
The Humble Co Toothpaste in a Jarfluoridestrawberry$$
The Humble Co ToothpastefluorideCoconut and Salt
Kid’s Strawberry
GingerCinnamon
$
Biomed Superwhite ToothpasteHAPCoconut, cinnamon & thyme$$
Biomed Propoline Natural ToothpasteHAPHoney$$
Biomed Sensitive ToothpasteHAPFruity$$
GC MI PasteCalcium phosphate IonsMelon
Vanilla
Strawberry
Tutti Frutti
$$$
GC MI Paste PlusCalcium phosphate ionsFluorideMelon
Vanilla
Strawberry
Tutti Frutti
$$$
Burt’s Bees Kid’s Fluoride Free ToothpastenoneFruit Fusion$$
Burt’s Bees Kid’s Toothpaste with FluoridefluorideFruit Fusion$$
Crest Pro-Health StagesfluorideBubblegum$
Green BeavernoneZesty Orange
Green AppleStar Anise
Cinnamon
$$
Orajel Character Anticavity ToothpastefluorideBubble Berry
Fruity Fun
$
Nelson naturals Original Zero Waste ToothpastenoneCitrus Spice Blend
Fennel
Cinnamon
$$
Aquafresh Children’s ToothpastefluorideBubblemint$
Jack n Jill Natural toothpastexylitolBerries and Cream
Bubblegum
Milkshake
Strawberry
Banana
Raspberry
Blueberry
Blackcurrant
Flavour free
$$

About Dr. Gemma Wheeler

Gemma qualified from Cardiff University School of Dentistry in 2015. She went on to complete her Foundation Training and a further two years in the Armed Forces, primarily based around Wiltshire. She now works in a private practice in Plymouth.

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