Confession: I don’t like brushing my teeth. I know, I know — it’s necessary, and of course I do it every day. (I’ve even gotten better with flossing!) But I think a big reason I’m not a fan of brushing is because I despise most toothpaste. It either doesn’t feel right or taste great. Plus, it can get messy and goopy. And somehow, I always have a toothpaste stain on my chin or shirt. (OK, maybe I’m just a slob.)
Enter chewable toothpaste tablets
A few months ago, one of my favorite Instagrammers shared a review for chewable toothpaste tablets. Chewable toothpaste tablets — that sounds different, I thought. Her writeup was convincing enough for me to seek out this novel take on oral care, especially since I had some trips coming up.
Fortunately, I was able to find a bottle myself at Amazon. It cost more than the standard toothpaste I usually buy — around $10 with free Prime shipping at the time — but I had to try these.
SalTherapy Toothtab Chewable Toothpaste Tablets
The SalTherapy Toothtab Chewable Toothpaste Tablets come in three flavors: Aqua Mint, Pink Grapefruit, and Sparkle Lemon. I opted for the Aqua Mint, as it seemed like the safe choice. (I don’t care for grapefruit, and the brief reviews I read on the lemon flavor weren’t promising.)
Each bottle comes with 30 tiny white tablets. To use, simply pop one in your mouth and start chewing. It’ll start to foam up within seconds. Then rinse with water and voila – clean mouth! However, you can use a toothbrush for an extra level of cleaning, which is what often I did.
Using chewable toothpaste tablets, home & away
SalTherapy touts its toothpaste tablets as an on-the-go solution — for instance, if you’re going camping or need to brush your teeth after enjoying a meal out. However, I wanted to see how practical it was for me to switch from my standard goopy toothpaste to the SalTherapy ToothTabs for daily use.
In the beginning, I alternated between using one and two tablets. Using two tablets was often a mistake because this stuff foams. A lot. I ended up experiencing the same issue I had with goopy toothpaste in that my shirts were stained with runoff.
In addition to using the SalTherapy tabs during my regular brushing sessions, I also popped one after meals every so often. In most of these cases, I would use it like a rinse. (Better than nothing!)
When vacation time came, I was able to throw my tiny bottle of chewable toothpaste tablets right inside my toiletry bag. Now, keep in mind that my travels were land-locked; if I was flying, I certainly would have packed this in my carry-on. (I definitely plan on doing so the next time I fly.)
(I failed to get proper footage of my using these, but this is close enough.)
How effective is SalTherapy ToothTab Chewable Toothpaste?
I did enjoy the fresh burst of mint upon each use. My mouth certainly felt cleaner. But was it as effective at cleaning my teeth than standard goopy toothpaste?
Let me start off by saying that these tablets contain no fluoride. Instead, these are made with bamboo salt, which appears to be a common ingredient in Korean toothpastes. Now I know fluoride tends to get a bad rap in some circles. (I personally have no problem with it.) As to whether bamboo salt is any more or less effective than fluoride, I can’t speak to that. I’m not a dentist, and frankly, the few reports I’ve found on the subject were above my intellectual punching weight. (So hi — if you’re a dentist reading this, please feel free to enlighten me!)
Of course, it’s not as if using these tablets resulted in my developing a thousand cavities (…that I know of). And as I mentioned, I’m flossing more regularly in an attempt to be more of an actual adult. I also rinse with a fluoride-based mouthwash.
KMall appears to have the most comprehensive info about SalTherapy ToothTabs in English; you can check it out here. It even includes results from a two-week experiment conducted by SalTherapy in which 22 women used these chewable toothpaste tabs exclusively. (You can take their results with a…grain of salt. Please don’t close your browser tab over this.)
I’ve since gone back to using a goopy toothpaste I neither love nor hate. I have a small handful of SalTherapy ToothTabs left that I plan on bringing with me for an upcoming trip. If anything, the cost of buying it from Amazon with that sweet Prime shipping is what makes me hesitate using these tablets daily. (KMall has it for slightly less, even after shipping costs are considered, but chances are it won’t arrive as quickly as Amazon.)
Are these novel? Definitely. Convenient? Absolutely. Effective? I’ll say sure, especially when used in conjunction with other oral care on a regular basis. For air travelers, I would highly recommend tossing a bottle SalTherapy ToothTabs (and these nifty albeit slightly less eco-friendly Colgate Wisps) in your carry-on so you’re without stank breath while you’re on the move.
Now over to you…
Have you ever used SalTherapy ToothTab Chewable Toothpaste Tablets? Or any other toothpaste tabs? Do you think this is the future of oral care or merely a novelty? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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