Denttabs is probably a name you are not all that familiar with, but they are one of the few producers of toothpaste tablets.
If you are not familiar with what they are, you can read our guide on the best toothpaste tablets, but they are essentially an alternative to the tube of toothpaste that the vast majority of us use on a daily basis.
We have also looked at some similar products in the following posts:
A full detailed review is available further down the page, but first here are a few answers to common questions to give you a quick overview and opinion of Denttabs.
Do they actually work?
Simple and easy to use, you just place it in the mouth, bite, mix with a bit of saliva, to create the paste and begin brushing normally.
The toothpaste has a nice minty flavour and my teeth feel clean after use.
How much do they cost?
This depends on where you buy it from and in what quantity, but you are looking at prices starting at £2.40 for a months supply.
Where can I buy them?
Denttabs do sell the tablets direct to consumers but do not currently ship to the UK.
Therefore it is best to buy from Anything But Plastic, which sell them in 1 month or 6 month supplies.
Although you can also buy from Amazon.
- More natural ingredients and less chemicals.
- Contains fluoride.
- Less packaging.
- More environmentally friendly.
- More travel friendly.
- Just the right amount each time.
- Low abrasivity.
- More expensive than regular toothpaste.
- Not that easy to source, select retailers.
- Initial taste.
Would I recommend them?
Of the several different toothpaste tablets I have tried, this is my favourite.
They taste good, clean well and leave a lasting freshness.
They are more expensive than regular toothpaste, but much cheaper than some of the alternatives.
Denttabs is a product of a German company who have created these toothpaste tablets with the help of Professor Dr. Peter Gängler, former Dean of the dental faculty of University of Witten/Herdecke.
The idea was to create a more sustainable product than what most of us rely on for day to day brushing.
Up to 50% of a tube of toothpaste is water.
In order to produce a paste to stabilise it and make it preservable, you need many chemical ingredients.
In a tablet form, there is no water and less need for chemicals to stabilise and preserve them, therefore creating a smaller, lighter and more sustainable product.
How I tested the toothpaste
This review has not been conducted under any form of ‘clinical’ setup.
I have simply switched out my regular toothpaste for Denttabs to see what they are like to use and my experience with them.
I have made no changes to my normal routine. I am eating and drinking the same sort of things, I am still flossing and using an electric toothbrush.
The test lasted for 2 weeks.
During this time I used the Oral-B Genius 9000 electric toothbrush set to the ‘Daily Clean’ mode.
I brushed twice a day for 2 minutes each time and flossed once a day.
Summary of how I tested the toothpaste
- Test lasted for 2 weeks
- Used Oral-B Genius 9000 toothbrush on Daily Clean mode
- Cleaned twice a day for 2 minutes
- Flossed once a day
- No changes in diet
Toothpaste tablets are a novel idea that have benefits for users and the environment.
Using on a daily basis is really quite simple.
Simply take 1 tablet, pop it in the mouth, bite, chew and then brush, it really could not be much easier.
No measuring out the paste, to get the right, pea sized amount, each tablet is just right.
Having tested a few different brands of toothpaste tabs, I can definitely say that these are the most enjoyable I have used.
When I say enjoyable, I don’t really mean lots of fun but they don’t leave you wanting to spit it out or regretting your decision too much.
I won’t lie that when you first bite into the tablet there is the slightly odd taste and sensation. It starts with a powdery taste and then it moves to a mushy clay or soggy paper taste before becoming a much more pleasant minty paste you actually brush with. You can feel the powder thickening, which is weird but oddly satisfying.
This sensation lasts for no more than about 5 seconds and you do get used to it, but the first couple of times does feel a bit nasty, if I am honest.
As you bite you want to really try to mix the tablet with some water or saliva. I personally used saliva and then really frothed it up and moved it around the mouth.
As you do this, it does become more frothy, but soon dies down.
Of all the toothpastes, powders and tablets I have used, this was the least frothy and was more like a watery solution as you brush.
Don’t panic, a lack of froth does not mean a bad paste or poor cleaning action.
I can honestly say the clean was really nice, a mild mint freshness, not too weak, nor too powerful and I found it lasted for a reasonable amount of time after brushing.
The paste that the tablet creates is really quite smooth and I did not detect any gritty textures as you might with some other more abrasive pastes.
Every toothpaste can be rated on how abrasive it is.
The theory tends to be, the more abrasive the paste, the better it is at removing surface stains. However, abrasive can be damaging to the tooth enamel.
The scale on which they are measured is the RDA scale, which stands for Relative Dentin Abrasivity.
The scores are then categorised as follows.
- 0-70 – Low level of abrasivity – gives a gentle polish.
- 70-100 – Medium level of abrasivity – gives a medium weight polish.
- 100-150 – High level of abrasivity – more intensive polish.
- Over 150 – Very high level of abrasivity – can be harmful.
The vast majority of paste will be in the low to medium category.
However, many whitening pastes are in the high category.
Denttabs are extremely low in their abrasivity and score just 30. This means they are one of the safest for your teeth, giving a gentle polish to the teeth.
Whilst most whitening pastes rely on their increased abrasivity to help lift surface stains, there is no reason why Denttabs can’t help whiten teeth, slowly and gently.
However, much will depend on you existing tooth staining and your diet. Drinks like coffee and red wine will stain the teeth over time.
Now, I don’t understand all the science in the ingredients and chemicals used in toothpastes and I am not going to try and give you a lesson in it either.
Denttabs make 2 versions of their toothpaste tablets, 1 with fluoride and 1 without.
It is the with fluoride tablets that I have been testing.
You might be aware that there is often a lot of debate around the use of fluoride and I am not here to argue one side or the other. There is plenty of discussion online about that.
All I will say is that I am siding with the dental and medical professionals who suggest paste with fluoride are better.
Each tablet has approximately 1,450ppm of fluoride, falling nicely within the recommended guidelines set out by organisations like the NHS.
Most toothpaste tablets do not include fluoride, so this is one of the rare options that do.
According to Denttabs, up to 50% of toothpaste is water and in order to produce a paste to stabilise it and make it preservable, you need many chemical ingredients.
Denntabs say that the problem with conventional toothpaste is because of the water content, the paste begins to degrade from the moment it is in the tube. The free fluoride ions react with other materials in the toothpaste and a study in the 1990’s suggested the quantity of available fluoride ions, actually contained in toothpaste, had sunk to approximately 80% after only 4 months.
In a tablet form, there is no water, so the fluoride is as high as it was the day the tablet was created and there is less need for chemicals to stabilise and preserve them.
In fact, Denttabs are free of preservatives, germ-inhibiting substances, binders and contain neither aluminum nor nanoparticles.
The ingredients are:
Microcrystalline Cellulose, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Magnesium Stearate, Aroma (Natural Mint Flavour), Menthol, Xanthan-Gum, Stevioside, Citric Acid, Sodium Fluoride, Eugenol
Head to the FAQ section (at the end of the review) to see a detailed explanation from Denttabs on what each ingredient does and why it is used.
With a couple of weeks testing I am really quite happy with the tablets.
I like the idea of being more considerate about the ingredients and having less chemicals within each tablet.
I do also really like the fact that doing away with the traditional tube of toothpaste cuts down on wastage, particularly when toothpaste tubes can’t normally be recycled.
I have not tried travelling with these tablets as yet, but they should not be counted as part of your carry on allowance as they are not a liquid or a paste.
However, I would not be surprised if you were questioned and asked to taste 1 as well as having the tablets checked as you pass through security, because it is an unusual product to most.
I wish not to get bogged down in discussion of costs, but it is a shame, that to have a more environmentally friendly and less chemical rich product you have to pay a premium.
Denttabs sell direct to consumer but currently do not ship to the UK, primarily Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
You can get them in the UK though.
If you buy from Amazon, you will get the tablets in a Denttabs original corn startch, compostable packaging, with 125 tablets. But currently there is an even greater price premium to be paid.
The most cost effective way I have found at present is to buy from sites like Anything But Plastic, which buy the Denttabs in bulk and repackage them into smaller, more affordable parcels.
Here they are sold by the month, so buy a months supply and get 60 tablets, 2 months and you get 120 and so on.
(A more detailed breakdown of costs and the environmental benefits of toothpaste tablets can be found in our toothpaste tablets guide).
Originally Denttabs came in a plastic pot, but in late 2019, they switched to compostable, corn starch bags. The plastic was more durable. However, many choose to store them in small glass jars. When bought from places like Anything But Plastic, they come in a little cardboard box.
I don’t have too much issue with this, but you might want to place into a more hard wearing plastic or glass jar that you can refill or reuse.
I say this, because the tablets need to be kept dry and considering most of us brush our teeth in a bathroom where there is moisture and water, the box could get wet and the tablets ruined.
Most familiar with tubes of toothpaste I am, but I would have no real issue switching to these tablets. I just wish the price difference was not so great.
If you can afford to make the switch, please attempt to do so, but I think for the foreseeable future most will stick with the more cost effective tubes of toothpaste and I can understand why.
Please be aware that should you notice any abnormalities or extra sensitivity from using a different toothpaste you should stop and consult your dentist.
Summary of Daily Usage
- Best toothpaste tablets I have used
- Do get a powdery taste but soon turns to a paste
- Not particularly frothy
- Clean well with a lasting minty freshness
- RDA score of 30
- Fluoride included
- Fluoride free options exist
- No preservatives
- Do not count to carry on allowance when travelling as not a liquid or paste
- More expensive than regular tubes
- Pay a premium for the benefits
- Look at purchasing options to keep costs down
I have not taken, nor intend to share any before and after photos of my teeth, because quite simply, there is nothing to show.
Over the years I have tried many different toothpastes and I like to think maintain a good standard of oral hygiene, so there is little staining on my teeth and not much in the way of colour improvement that can be achieved naturally, so I am perhaps not the ideal candidate to test such products for their whitening improvements.
But, where many products claim whiter teeth in x number of days, this is not the case here.
The use of Denttabs may whiten teeth and may help with sensitivity, but these are not heavily promoted sales messages or something I was specifically looking for.
Overall in comparison to other toothpastes used, I was very happy with the results. I saw no colour improvement, but no dulling of the teeth.
I experienced no sensitivity or discomfort and generally felt that Denttabs provided a pretty much like for like experience to regular toothpaste.
Conclusion, are Denttabs any good?
I am quite pleased with Denttabs and of the toothpaste tablets I have tried, these are my favourite.
The taste is pleasant and lasts a good while. The resulting paste cleans well too.
One of, if not the only option available today with fluoride, they gain extra bonus points too.
There is absolutely no denying they are more expensive than regular toothpaste which is a shame when you consider they are less damaging to the environment.
You have to be passionate and able to afford this premium to justify the purchase.
However, it can be worth it for many, particularly regular travellers, who need to think smart about what is in their carry on.
Electric Teeth Rating
- Where can I buy Denttabs?
- What does it taste like?
- There is a mint taste to the paste.
- How abrasive is the Denttabs paste?
- The Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA) score for Denttabs is approximately 30. This puts it within the 0-70 category which is considered a very low level of abrasivity and safe for daily use.
- How much fluoride is there in Denttabs?
- Each tablet has approximately 1,450ppm of fluoride.
- Are Denttabs suitable for kids?
- Yes, but ideally the child should be 6 years or older and capable of understanding how to use a Denttab, parental discretion will be required. Those aged under 6 are not suitable due to the amount of fluoride in the tablet and their suitability for chewing the tablet.
- Are they Vegan?
- Denttabs state on their website that they are completely vegan, but the company hasn’t bought a ‘vegan seal of certification’ due to the high cost of being certified when not that many customers are asking them to specifically display such a certification.
- What kind of toothbrush should I use with them?
- Denttabs recommend using a soft bristled toothbrush, as this helps with the ‘polishing’ action.
- Does it hurt?
- I had no sensitivity, pain or side affects from using this paste, should you should gain additional sensitivity or side effects as a result of using it, stop doing so and consult a dentist.
- What are the ingredients in Denttabs?
- Microcrystalline Cellulose, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Magnesium Stearate, Aroma (Natural Mint Flavour), Menthol, Xanthan-Gum, Stevioside, Citric Acid, Sodium Fluoride, Eugenol
- The following is a detailed explanation taken directly from Denttabs on the ingredients used.
- Microfine cellulose (Microcrystalline Cellulose) polishes your teeth ultra smoothly into the interdental spaces. This is why new particles simply roll off the tooth surfaces, and plaque can hardly be created in the first place.
- Sodium fluoride (Sodium Fluoride) is used to remineralize the enamel and can help especially with sensitive tooth necks, but also with incipient caries. Because DENTTABS are “dry”, it unfolds its full effect only with the application.
- Amisoft (Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate) is a surfactant (soap) that combines the dissolved proteins and fats with water to flush them out while rinsing. In AMISOFT glutamic acid is esterified with coconut fatty acids. In this chemical process, two naturally occurring substances (coconut fatty acids and glutamic acid) are combined, losing their original properties. “Glutamate” should not be confused with the flavor enhancers used in the food industry – DENTTABS are glutamate- and gluten-free.
- Stevia (Stevioside) is a sweet-tasting plant that, together with the aroma and the menthol, provides the good taste.
- Silica (silica) serves as a cleaning agent and helps to remove any soft plaque.
- Natural (mint) aroma , together with stevia and menthol, provide a pleasant feeling of freshness and a “cool” and fresh breath.
- Sodium bicarbonate, better known as ” sodium bicarbonate “, adjusts the pH to 5.5 with vitamin C.
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) regulates the pH value together with sodium bicarbonate (see above) and stimulates the salivation. The increased flow of saliva causes a faster remineralization of the tooth surfaces.
- Magnesium Stearate (Magnesium Stearate) is a herbal adjuvant used in tablet manufacturing.
- Menthol , together with stevia and the mint aroma, provides the pleasant “freshness afterwards”.
- Xanthan gum is a natural thickener and gelling agent and provides the pleasant creaminess after chewing DENTTABS Toothpaste tablets.
- Eugenol is part of the natural mint flavor.