I Tried Toothpaste Tablets for a Month – Here’s What I Learned

While on my personal journey to replace my everyday bath products with eco-friendly alternatives, I knew that my dental products were responsible for most of my plastic use. Having spent my whole life using toothpaste tubes, I was reluctant to try other formulas… until I heard about Bite

Bite’s website offers a wide range of eco-friendly dental products such as whitening gel and mouthwash, but they are most known for their toothpaste bits/tablets. 

At least 1.5 billion toothpaste tubes are thrown out globally each year. Most of these tubes are made of environmentally harmful materials such as an unrecyclable combination of plastic and aluminum. Bite’s toothpaste bits come in a pressed pellet form and are packaged in a glass bottle—totally eliminating the need for plastic.

These bits are also working to keep your teeth healthy. Bite’s formula is 100% gluten-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. That means there are no sulfates, parabens, or preservatives used. The bits are also fluoride-free. 

Bite solid toothpaste bits

I decided to give Bite’s formula a try. Here’s what I learned:

I ordered the trial-size bottle of the original Fresh Mint Toothpaste Bits. My package came secured in a brown cardboard envelope (again, no plastic) within about three days. The jar was surprisingly small for what I was expecting. Standing at only about two inches tall, the glass jar is able to fit 62 toothpaste bits which should last two months.

The tablets are an off-white color and a bit chalky to touch. You’re supposed to chew a tablet and then start brushing with a wet toothbrush. Now, there was definitely a bit of a learning curve. Having always used toothpaste, the transition to tablets was strange for me at first. Although, after a few days, I learned how to properly chew and brush in order to reap the best results and I quickly got used to it.

I wasn’t sure how much the tablet would dissolve versus how much I needed to chew it first. It took me a few times to get used to this method because you need to chew the tablet thoroughly to avoid having crumbs in your mouth as you brush. 

Once I started brushing, it began to foam like regular toothpaste. If you’re someone that usually puts a lot of toothpaste on your brush, I would recommend trying two tablets at a time if you find there isn’t enough foam to clean your whole mouth. 

As for the taste, I really have no complaints. It’s just as minty as your usual product. My mouth and teeth felt just as clean as they do when using tubed toothpaste. 

Overall, I would consider Bite toothpaste bits to be a great alternative option. The package was trustworthy, the application was fairly easy, and the aftermath felt similar to usual toothpaste. 

Try Bite for yourself by purchasing a mini bottle (62 toothpaste tablets, $12). You can also join the subscription service The Fresh Mint Club, which will send you a full-size bottle (248 toothpaste tablets, $30) every four months.

If you’re curious about other zero waste toothpaste alternatives, check out these options as well: 

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Gabby currently works as the Managing Editor at Adorama overseeing the editorial content across all company blogs. Her experience includes editing trade books, textbooks, b2b magazines, and online articles. She has a Bachelor's degree from Saint Peter's University and is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course. When she isn't working, Gabby can often be found hiking a mountain, drinking craft beer, or thrift shopping. She lives in Jersey City, NJ with her boyfriend and way too many books.

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