What are Toothpaste Tablets?
Toothpaste tablets are bite-sized chunks of solid toothpaste that can be used to clean one's teeth instead of the more traditional paste. They are typically sold in recyclable plastic or glass bottles. Although tablets can achieve a level of cleanliness compared to paste-- they aren't used in the same manner.
How to use toothpaste tablets
To use a toothpaste tablet, you will pop one bite-sized piece in your mouth and begin chewing. The tablet will start to foam as it crumbles and mixes with your saliva. Moisten your toothbrush and begin brushing as usual.
Do toothpaste tablets clean your teeth better?
With toothpaste tablets, it is important to use the right brushing techniques. You should position your toothbrush so that it's at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Then, gently brush back and forth in strokes no longer than the width of one tooth. Be sure to brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth. Never brush too hard.
Do note that some people may have difficulty using them. It can be tricky to ensure that the crumbled toothpaste is evenly distributed throughout the mouth. Unless you ensure that each tooth is brushed appropriately, there is the potential for plaque to build up. This is why some dentists might recommend using tablets for convenience while traveling or at work and using regular paste at home—even though they are both equally effective.
What are the benefits of toothpaste tablets?
The most compelling reason to use tablets-- is their environmental benefits. In 2018 in the U.S. alone, consumers purchased about 300 million tubes of toothpaste. Most over-the-counter toothpaste tubes are not biodegradable. They are also not typically recyclable, which means that millions of tubes end up in landfills each year.
Toothpaste tablets were introduced to the marketplace primarily to increase sustainability in the oral care industry-- allowing eco-conscious consumers to reduce the amount of waste they generate. Since toothpaste tablets are typically packaged in glass or hard plastic bottles, their packaging is recyclable. However, if you're concerned about tablets' effectiveness or prefer traditional paste, you might instead look for a sustainable toothpaste packaged in a recyclable tube.
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