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Although we are based in Horsham, West Sussex, our correspondence address is Apt 32536, Chynoweth House, TR4 8UN

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Toothpaste Tablets - What exactly are they?

Toothpaste tablets are chewable versions of the toothpaste from tubes. Just pop one in your mouth, chew to break it up and brush as you normally would.


The fluoride toothpaste tablets contain 1450ppm fluoride, which is the same as regular toothpaste.


Why switch to toothpaste tablets?


I love them because there are plastic free, preservative free and are made responsibly in Europe. They are also vegan.


The 2 month packs come in home compostable, plant based bags and a small cardboard box and the 1 month starter kits come in a reusable tin.


https://www.zerowastebulkfoods.co.uk/eco-friendly-bathroom-products


What can I do with my old toothpaste tubes?


Pump action toothpaste tubes can be popped into your blue recycling bin if you are in the Horsham district. If you are outside of Horsham please check with your local council.


The squeezy toothpaste tubes are tricky to recycle. However, we are lucky in Horsham that East Mews Dental Care Horsham have partnered with Colgate and TerraCycle UK to collect dental recycling from the public and you don’t have to be registered at the practice. They are collecting ANY brand of:


  • electric or battery toothbrush head

  • manual toothbrushes

  • toothpaste tubes and caps

  • toothbrush outer packaging

  • toothpaste outer packaging

  • dental floss packaging


Should I use Fluoride or Non-Fluoride Toothpaste Tablets?


*This blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.*


This is a personal choice.


Fluoride is a natural mineral that’s proven to be effective in preventing tooth decay and the development of cavities. It’s found naturally in some foods and some fresh water sources. Water supplied by Southern Water generally contains low levels of natural fluoride, less than 0.1 mg/l (parts per million) and so fluoride is not added. (as at 25 February 2020 https://www.southernwater.co.uk/help-advice/drinking-water-quality)


Tooth enamel is the outer covering of your teeth. It’s stronger than bone and made from calcium and phosphate. Your spit, or saliva, is also loaded with calcium and phosphate and bathes the teeth to keep them strong. When you eat things like sugary foods, crackers or noodles, cavity-causing bacteria starts feasting on the carbohydrates in these foods. This produces acids that attack your enamel. It causes calcium and phosphate to be stripped from the tooth enamel, leaving you more vulnerable to decay and cavities. However, saliva disrupts the attack as it coats your teeth and adds back calcium and phosphate to replace what had been stripped away. When your saliva has fluoride in it from sources like toothpaste or water, your teeth are able to take it in. Once in your enamel, fluoride teams up with calcium and phosphate there to create the most powerful defence system your teeth can have to prevent cavities from forming: fluorapatite. It’s much stronger, more resistant to decay and fights to protect your teeth. https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/fluoride-superhero


Opt for a toothpaste without fluoride if you're allergic to fluoride or if you have certain medical conditions – but speak to your dentist or doctor first about your current fluoride intake. https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/fluoride/why-use-a-fluoride-free-toothpaste-0414



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