Everyone wants to pitch in and do their part to help the planet. Carrying a reusable water bottle instead of using plastic ones, bringing your own bags to the grocery store, and using bar soap are some small ways to help reduce plastic consumption. But what about toothpaste? According to Green Living Tips, the USA alone throws out 900 million tubes of toothpaste a year. That’s a lot of plastic!
So how can we reduce our carbon footprint while still keeping our teeth healthy? This blogger decided to get the opinions of fellow dental professionals and try something that’s been heavily advertised lately: Bite Toothpaste Bits. Their mission is to provide an “all-natural, plastic-free way to replace the paste you’ve used your whole life,” (bitetoothpastebits.com).
Fox Valley Dental got a bottle of the regular Mint with 62 tablets and had everyone who wanted to try it in the office do so. We had our hygienists, front office staff, and assistants try it out. Overall the general consensus was: Great idea, but still needs some work.
Pros and Cons
Everyone loved the idea of using less plastic and simply needing to add water for a toothpaste-like effect. It did foam up as well as the website claims, however everyone found the foam to be very thick and almost sticky when spitting it out. The mint flavor was very mild and didn’t last long during the actual brushing. Plus, there was a strange aftertaste for about twenty minutes after brushing that wasn’t all that pleasant.
A major concern for our dental professionals is also the absence of fluoride in these bits. Granted, that is part of the “natural” appeal to these for some patrons, but fluoride has been proven to prevent cavities and strengthen teeth. Perhaps in the future the company can make a mintier bit with fluoride so there are options for everyone.
The whole office loved the idea of Bite, it even offers refills in non-plastic packaging that’s able to decompose. But does this replace the toothpaste we all know and are used to? Not yet. Nor is it ADA approved. We do hope this will inspire other companies to try and come up with other methods of less wasteful toothpaste products!