Let Dr. Bronner’s Toothpaste Brighten Your Smile

Have you heard the news?

Introducing Dr. Bronner’s All-One Toothpaste with 70% organic ingredients! Our low-foaming formula has no synthetic detergent foaming agents, is fluoride-free, vegan and cruelty-free, with no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners – none! This simple yet effective toothpaste stimulates mouth, teeth, gums and tongue, leaving them fresh and clean. Made in a 100% recyclable box and tube. Available in peppermint, cinnamon and anise flavors.

Dr.. Bronner's Peppermint Toothpaste

Our customers have been asking us for years to come out with a toothpaste. And our response has been the same for just as many years: “You can brush your teeth with our Castile soap.” And that is still absolutely true. And if you are hiking the Appalachian Trail or in some other venue where space is scarce and you need a does-it-all product, the Castile soap is exactly that. However, it tastes like, well, soap.

From the outside, Dr. Bronner’s seems to move as slow a snail through peanut butter when it comes to launching new products. It comes down to the great responsibility we feel towards our customers to get it right. Whatever “it” may be. We want our customers to trust us, and to trust that we’re not throwing products on the market just to catch a trend or see what sticks.

So quietly, methodically, various folks at Dr. Bronner’s have been exploring toothpaste, researching ingredients, pondering flavor.   For years I would come home with plain white tubes marked “5b”, “13”, “7/21”, testing out the latest toothpaste rendition. As we narrowed in on the recipe, Karina Tettero, our marketing specialist, became the toothpaste guru, and nary a soul could pass her office without getting snagged for a toothbrushing or four.

Dr. Bronner's Toothpaste Testing

And I daresay, we got it right.

I don’t know about you, but the parenting handbook that came with my first newborn didn’t cover toothpaste. It was absolutely silent about the 193 options of brand, flavor, feature, and size available at my local big box store. (I did not make up that number.) What I’ve had to learn on my own has been hard fought.

Here’s what I love about the new Dr. B toothpaste

It’s SLS free

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, though not a carcinogen, can irritate sensitive skin. When my second born started having chronic canker sores, I found in my research one little tiny note in an article that said there was a slight suspected link between toothpastes containing SLS and canker sores. So off I went scrounging up an SLS-free toothpaste and what a difference it made for my second and later for my third. I will tell you here that there is not a large body of research to support this idea, but it applies to my kiddos and that’s what matters to me. SLS is put in toothpaste as a cleaning agent and because it makes all those lovely, meaningless bubbles.

It’s Fluoride Free

I’m going to sit on my hands a bit here because any mention of fluoride is apt to send me up on my soapbox about the ethics of fluoridating the water supply. I can brush my own teeth, thank you. However, because most of the public water supply in the U.S. is fluoridated (67% as of 2012, according to the CDC), there is a lot of fluoride to be had. Not only is it in the tap water, but also in anything made with the tap water, whether it was made at home or in a factory. There is such a thing as over-exposure to fluoride, resulting in dental fluorosis, a permanent staining of the teeth. Also, fluoride poisons if swallowed. If that sounds extreme, go check out the warning labels on a tube of fluoridated toothpaste – DON’T SWALLOW IT.   This is especially important in kids under 6, which until last August I had in my house, because they are more prone to swallowing their toothpaste. However, swallowing aside, in my house, with the fluoridated water, we are all getting a steady dose of fluoride.

It’s 70% Organic and Fair Trade

Organic means free of GMO’s, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge and irradiation, all important for a product that gets scrubbed into potentially absorbing gums, tongue, and cheeks. Fair Trade assures that every person who contributed to the ingredients and production of this product was treated fairly, paid a living wage, and other good stuff.

But, But, But….!!!

It does not foam

Oh, my. Do we ever like our bubbles. Here’s a few things to consider: Bubbles do not indicate cleaning power. They are only there to be pretty. Bubbles do not make toothpaste work better. Our love affair with bubbles explains why SLS, the queen bee of bubbling surfactants, is in so many toothpastes. Bubbles aren’t worth it. We don’t need them. They come at too steep a steep price.

It tastes different

Our toothpastes are flavored with pure essential oils. The real deal tastes different from conventional synthetic flavors. They are more intense and may take some getting used to.   As with all of our products, you need less than you think. Take note that our three flavors are vastly different from each other. Therefore, if you aren’t too keen on the peppermint, the anise is an entirely different flavor. Give them all a shot before you say that you don’t like the taste.

Ingredients for the Peppermint Toothpaste:

Organic Glycerin, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrated Silica, Calcium Carbonate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Potassium Cocoate (made with Organic Coconut Oil*), Organic Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Organic Mentha Arvensis (Menthol) Crystals, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Flour*, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Organic Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf / Stem Extract
*Certified Fair Trade Ingredient

And for the record, I’ve been using our toothpaste, as recommended twice a day with flossing, for more than two years now. I’ve been to the dentist for regular check ups and all is well.

77 thoughts on “Let Dr. Bronner’s Toothpaste Brighten Your Smile

  1. “When my second born started having chronic canker sores, I found in my research one little tiny note in an article that said there was a slight suspected link between toothpastes containing SLS and canker sores. So off I went scrounging up an SLS-free toothpaste and what a difference it made for my second and later for my third.”

    I had chronic canker sores too until about 20 years ago I also found a single line in an article about SLS. I immediately stopped using toothpaste with SLS and haven’t had a canker sore since (& I had them EVERY DAY!).

    I also stopped using shampoo with SLS and my dandruff cleared right up. ALS (ammonium not sodium) is only slightly less irritating to me.

  2. So happy you mentioned the “foaming” issue. You are correct – people think that foam is doing them some good and that their teeth/hair/body/dishes must be SO clean because it’s foaming. In reality it’s just another ingredient to add that, in my opinion, just means there is less of the other cleaning ingredients in the container (i.e., it’s filler) and it takes more time to rinse out (especially with hair) to get the foam out! What a waste of water! I’m also pretty sure that “rinse and repeat” is just something to get you to use more product. I use a local company’s puck-sized sans SLS shampoo bar and it lasted me 11 months!!!!

    I look forward to trying your toothpaste!!

  3. Hi Lisa. I’m an avid Dr. Bronner fan. I tried the toothpaste and liked it, until I noticed carrageenan noted on the list of ingredients. Did they remove carrageenan (I sincerely hope)? Thank you.

    • Yes, Michelle. The carrageenan has been removed. Thanks for looking into that!

  4. Sounds good like something we might want to try. Wondering what are the 30% non-organic ingredients? We use and love the castile soap for our hands and laundry.

    • The 30% is mineral ingredients – the hydrated silica, calcium carbonate, and sodium bicarbonate – which can’t be organic since they were never alive. “Organic” only apply to plant or animal ingredients. However, these mineral ingredients make a much more effective toothpaste, and of course, since they are not “fed” or “grown”, they are not GMO, take no pesticides or herbicides and such.

  5. Thank you for this review. I’ve wondered about the toothpastes and you’ve covered every angle for me. Will likely try this soon now!

  6. Love these ingredients! My dentist cautioned that calcium carbonate was too abrasive for my teeth. Have you heard info otherwise? I’d love to try your brand!

    • I haven’t heard that thought, Regina. It’s been very gentle for me. Can other readers speak to this?

    • It won’t feel abrasive when you’re using it. But it’s a bit like cleaning a white porcelain sink or tub w/ Comet or Ajax. You won’t notice the gradual wearing away of the finish, until a few years later.

    • Not yet. It takes a bit for us to get the labels in compliance with each international market. However, we have just gotten our Canadian label approved, so it is headed your way.

  7. Does your toothpaste correct tooth sensitivity? I’ve been using Sensodine toothpaste for almost 5 years. If i run out & use another conventional brand (Crest, Colgate, etc.) within 3 days I have sensitivity spots around my mouth.

    • Hi Stacy – Our toothpaste does not contain ingredients aimed to help with sensitive teeth.

    • I find doing once or twice daily oil pulling with Dr. Bronners coconut oil is effective for my sensitivity. I’m keen to use your toothpaste. There are a number if places in the Bay Area where I can find your products other than the Castile soaps. 👍

  8. Both my sons do not brush teeth properly because the paste is either spicy, yucky and have tried many types of toothpaste for kids and would love to receive sample

    • Hi Sweta – Unfortunately, we are not sending out samples of the toothpaste. My six year old is also sensitive to “spicy” toothpastes and she likes our peppermint and the anise.

  9. Did you guys remove the carrageenan from the ingredients? I got a tube of the cinnamon and it has carrageenan listed in the ingredients after citric acid.

    • Hi Melissa – Yes, we did remove the carrageenan which was present in the very first round of toothpastes.

  10. Hi Lisa,
    we live in Germany and would like to make the switch to natural toothpaste. Are you planning to bring your toothpastes over here as well? If so, do you know how long it would take – is it a matter of months or years?
    And if not, please consider it, we would love to use them!
    Thanks and best wishes from the Black Forest 🙂
    Nina

    • Hi Nina – Our toothpastes aren’t there yet, but stay tuned!

  11. Is there any special cleaning out of tube for it to be eligible for recycling? Or can it just be tossed when “empty”? Thx!!

    • Hi Sara – I wish I had a simple answer for you, but this entirely depends on your recycling provider. Across the U.S., recyclers vary their policy from “just toss it in dirty” to “rinse out some things” to “rinse them all”. You’ll need to check with your local recycler.

  12. Hi Lisa,

    Looks like a great product!
    Can you please let me know what the tub is made from?
    Which sort of plastics?

    Thank you, Tammy

    • Hi Tammy – The tubes are made out of 5 ply Polyethelene (PET). Our eye is on part post-consumer recycled content, like our soaps and other products, but any product that can possibly be ingested must have virgin material touching the product itself.

    • Hi Raina – I’m glad you’re keeping tabs on our many causes! While there is no perfect plastic, PET (recyclable #1) is the best of the options and is fully recyclable. You are absolutely right that we all need to do our part to keep things out of the landfills.

      All the best,
      Lisa

  13. Can pregnant or nursing mothers use this product? Can the toothpaste be swallowed?

    • Hi Amy – Yes, it is safe for pregnant and nursing moms. It is also not harmful if swallowed, which makes it safe for children as well.

  14. What are the advantages of the toothpaste as compared to brushing with the liquid soap?

    • Hi Ron – As it sounds like you know, the soap truly can do it all, and if you are in a situation where you need an all-in-one, head-to-toe product, the castile soap is it. While both the Pure Castile soap and the toothpaste contain a coconut soap base (potassium cocoate), the toothpaste has a few ingredients that particularly address the cleaning needs of teeth: hydrated silica is an excellent plaque fighter and the baking soda boosts the cleaning power. The addition of the menthol crystals alongside the baking soda is great for freshening breath. To top it all off, Calcium carbonate whitens teeth. I hope that helps!

  15. Hi Lisa
    Is the toothpaste safe for babies first teeth? as they are likely to swallow it (9 months old).

    • The toothpaste is safe to swallow. The peppermint and cinnamon can be a little “spicy” as my kids describe it. I’d recommend the Anise for little ones.

    • Perhaps a reader could suggest a DIY recipe?? 🙂

  16. So so happy to have found this site!! I heard about bronner products, and you, Lisa, off of the Food Heals Nation Podcast and I am so excited! I raided my soaps and skin care products and was APPALLED that SLS was literally in all of them, products that are expensive and I thought were one of the safer options. My poor husband…I was exclaiming my outrage all over the house and he had no idea what happened HA! Can’t wait to try your new tooth paste and all the other bronner products. It means SO much to know a brand I can truly trust! THANK YOU!

    • Hi Brittany – Thanks for the heads up! I didn’t know the podcast had aired!

  17. I love the Peppermint Toothpaste but I would really like to try the Cinnamon flavor! However, I still see Carageenan listed on the Cinnamon and Anise flavors when I go to the store and read the ingredients on the boxes. I just looked today and it still lists Carageenan. Do you have any idea when I will be able to purchase the Cinnamon flavor without the Carrageenan? I hope it’s soon!

  18. Hi Lisa
    I’ve been using the peppermint toothpaste for a month now and I like it. I had to get my nephew to bring it back from USA as I can’t find it on the Dr Bronner UK website. Will it be coming to the UK soon?
    Will your coconut oil also be coming soon?

    • Hi Rosemary – The toothpaste is shipping to the UK this week! (Maybe because you asked????) It may take a little longer to make it to the store shelves. Unfortunately, the coconut oil isn’t heading your way anytime soon. I don’t have a timeline for that.

  19. Hi Lisa,
    I am on Pinterest occasionally and being concerned about sls in toothpaste read something tonight that kind of disturbed me. Someone had a pin about the meaning of the color at the bottom of the back of each toothpaste tube. The pin said the colors mean- Green:natural. Blue:natural + medicine. Red:natural + chemical composition Black: pure chemical. I wondered if this is correct? I checked my tube of Dr. Bronner’s cinnamon (which I’m just finishing, and I used the peppermint before that), and the color on the back is black. I was shocked. My husband’s Aim is blue on the back. Could you please clear this up for me? Thank you.

    • Hi Maria – I have never heard that code before and it certainly is not true for Dr. Bronner’s packaging. Although labeling laws can be mindbogglingly complex, this one is not valid. The ingredients in our toothpastes are listed on the packaging and all the ingredients are very mild. Please check out the analysis done by the Environmental Working Group on their excellent Skin Deep database: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/652867/Dr._Bronner%27s_Cinnamon_All-One_Toothpaste/.

  20. Why bother making a natural fluoride free toothpaste if it still has glycerine! I’m more concerned about glycerine on my teeth than SLS. I’ll stick to the soap for now.

    • Hi Julia – Thank you for sharing your concern. There is a lot of discussion online that stem from a chemist, Dr. Judd’s, assertions that glycerin prevents remineralization of the tooth enamel. However, there have been no significant scientific studies done that support this. Even if it were true that glycerin has the potential to wear off tooth enamel, we believe that the alkalinity of our toothpaste would counteract any such effects.

      If you do wish to avoid glycerin completely, bear in mind that glycerin is a natural byproduct in soap. Glycerin is a part of the oil molecules (coconut, palm kernel and olive in our case), which are used to make soap. These molecules are also called a triglycerides. “Triglyceride” means that there are three fatty acid chains attached to a glycerin backbone. In soap-making, the fatty acid chains are separated from the glycerin and form soap, and the glycerin is left free-floating. Some companies drain off the glycerin to sell separately, but we leave it in because it makes for a gentler soap.

  21. Hi,
    My son and I have food sensitivities including wheat, soy, corn, egg. Recently we switched to Dr. Bronner’s peppermint toothpaste from a product we were happy with- because we weren’t sure if my son was getting canker sores from his braces or the SLS. Suddenly, after not having canker sores for months, I have 4 of them. Any idea what may be the suspect in this product? We have an extremely clean diet and this is the only change in my environment so undoubtedly the cause. Thanks!

    • Hi Janet – Cankersores are tricky things. Stress or lack of sleep seems to trigger them even if environmental factors stay constant. Compare the two ingredient lists of the toothpastes and see where they differ. Although our toothpastes do not contain common allergens, that doesn’t rule out all possibility of sensitivities. Peppermint oil is pretty intense for an essential oil and isn’t comfortable for everyone. The anise is much milder. If you’d like, I can compare the two ingredient lists and see what may be a factor there.

  22. Is it safe for toddlers to use the peppermint toothpaste? I have been using it for a week and I love the results. So much so, I’m wondering is it safe for my 23 month old?

  23. Hello there! I’m elated to find an alternative toothpaste that’s SLS free. My mouth is highly sensitive and canker sores explode with just traces of it. Are all Dr. Bronner’s toothpastes SLS free? Thank you!

  24. Just discovered this product online today, totally by accident, even though I’ve been a baby mild soap user for more than a decade. I love it! My teeth feel so clean! I used it when my $20 oral b round brush and love how there was no foam dripping down my chin. This toothpaste is a keeper (and I should know, I’m a nationally board certified dental assistant)!

  25. Hi there – you say it is safe fir pregnancy but all the info I can find says to avoid Cinnamon oil and Menthol during pregnancy. How are you able to say it is actually safe during pregnancy – thanks!

    • Hi JDP – I apologize for my delay here. The concern with pregnancy is for essential oils that are used full strength and in leave-on situations. So, think of using an essential oil in a massage. That would be where you would want to avoid ones that are pregnancy sensitive. For something like a soap or a toothpaste, where the concentration is 2% or less, and it gets rinsed off or out fairly quickly, there isn’t a concern. I looked into this as well and emailed essential oil companies and they said the same thing.

  26. I was wondering about the safety of this product during pregnancy. From my understanding doctors suggest pregnant women avoid the oral use of aloe vera during pregnancy, can you tell me if there is a difference with what’s in this toothpaste than plain aloe vera?

    • Hi there – The issue with ingesting aloe vera during pregnancy is that there is some thought that it can stimulate uterine contractions. If you google this, you’ll find a ton of opinions on both sides of the aisle here. I didn’t see one that said it could trigger early onset labor, but I guess that is the concern. However, of all that I read, there was agreement on the fact that it was only a slight possibility and it had to do with drinking aloe vera juice. When it comes to toothpaste, the vast majority of the toothpaste gets spit out. There would be very little possibly ingested. And of the very little possibly ingested, only a fractional amount of that is aloe vera. All in all, of the many, many things to think about during pregnancy (having been through it thrice, I know how the head spins!), I think you can put this one to rest. However, feel free to check with your doc to get an expert opinion.

  27. Would you consider making a charcoal toothpaste in the future maybe? It is a wierd experience, but so is brushing with bronner’s soap, so I feel like there’s customers who will love it. Myself included! Just an idea 😉

    • Hi Ashley – Thank you for the idea! I will share it with our team! Yes, brushing with the Castile is a weird experience. I was one of many who was glad when we came out with a specific toothpaste! 🙂

  28. What is the RDA (abrasiveness index) of Dr. Bronner’s All-one toothpaste?

    • Hi Michael – The Relative Dentin Abrasivity (or RDA) of our toothpaste is around 100. The classification ranges from low abrasion to medium to high to harmful. 100 is considered medium.

  29. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this product. I started buying it when we were about to start brushing my first baby’s teeth. I knew she would be swallowing the toothpaste, so I had to do my research and find the safest option, while still being effective. We are still using it’s year and dentist visits later. Perfect checkups. As far as a mouthwash: gargle and swish with warm water and baking soda. I always recommend this toothpaste to friends and family.

  30. Lisa, I looked this up on EWG, and it says that the Aloe Vera is a potential cancer causing agent as well as has had negative effects on reproductivity and organs in animal studies. This especially concerns me because I am newly pregnant. Could you explain what your research has been on the aloe Vera you use???

    • Hi Christy- I have done some research on this and the issue with ingesting aloe vera during pregnancy is that there is some thought that it can stimulate uterine contractions. In googling this, you’ll find a ton of opinions on both sides of the aisle. I didn’t see one that said it could trigger early onset labor, but I guess that is the concern. However, of all that I read, there was agreement on the fact that the possibility of this was minimal and it had to do with drinking aloe vera juice. When it comes to toothpaste, there would be very little possibility of ingestion, as the vast majority of the toothpaste gets spit out. And of the very little possibly ingested, only a fractional amount of that is aloe vera. All in all, of the multitude of things to think about during pregnancy (speaking from experience here, having been through it three times), I think you can put this one to rest. However, feel free to check with your doc to get an expert opinion.

    • Hi Stella – We haven’t explored this usage of the toothpaste, so we don’t fully know. Based on the ingredients, it seems like it would be okay, but check with your veterinarian to confirm. If you do get the go ahead, try the Anise flavor. Animals don’t typically like peppermint flavoring and the Cinnamon toothpaste is a bit spicy.

  31. Would you be so kind as to find out and tell me where the citric acid in your toothpaste is derived from?

    • Hi Amy- Our citric acid is currently sourced from non-GMO sugar beets.

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