Dr. Bronner’s Toothpaste Ingredients: A Dentist’s Take (Video)

My grandfather unflinchingly included teeth brushing as one of the original 18-in-1 uses of the Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. I don’t deny that. It works. It will clean your teeth. But it tastes like soap. He had the happy advantage of being able to take his teeth out of his mouth before he brushed them, so perhaps he didn’t notice?

In 2015, Dr. Bronner’s came out with the All-One Toothpaste, with 70% organic ingredients. I still remember those days when the toothpaste was in development and anyone who walked through the office got snagged to try out the latest formulation. I’m sure our dentists were all blown away by our super clean teeth. All the time and care in development was totally worth it – the toothpaste took off and hasn’t looked back.

In true Dr. Bronner’s style, it flouts many cultural norms: it doesn’t produce copious foam, it doesn’t contain fluoride, and it doesn’t have artificial whiteners or anything else. It also contains ingredients you don’t see elsewhere. I mean, coconut flour? Are we making a cake here or brushing our teeth? These differences generate a lot of questions from consumers. These are our teeth we’re talking about after all. We want them to last a lifetime!

Because of this cultural defiance and consumer uncertainty, I sought the input of someone who knows a whole lot more than I do – as many do – on what really matters. Dr. Mariza Muñoz, a dentist and orthodontist, gives us some insight into the whys and wherefores of this toothpaste’s unique ingredients and how they work.

To put to rest any nagging doubts, Dr. Muñoz received no compensation other than what you see at the end of the video. Then again, those were a pretty fine set of soap dentures I gave her at the end…

21 thoughts on “Dr. Bronner’s Toothpaste Ingredients: A Dentist’s Take (Video)

  1. I’m glad I watched the video. I haven’t tried the toothpaste because I figured it was just castile soap with a thickener added in so I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks!

  2. I have been able to identify all of the luminaries mentioned on the All-One Toothpaste label with the exception of
    “Aleson MD.” Would you be able to enlighten a benighted soul as to who this might be?

    • Hi Rourke- It’s great that you’re reading the label so closely! That was exactly my grandfather’s hope. There are so many questions I wish I could go back and ask him about it. Unfortunately, we don’t know for certain which Dr. Aleson (or possibly Allison) he meant. As you may know, later in life my grandfather was blind. As such, during the time he wrote the Moral ABCs, he was dictating to a scribe. This resulted in a few misspelled names and such. Through our research, we’ve not been able to identify an Aleson with certainty, but suspect my grandfather may have been referring to either William Alison, MD or Lewis Alesen.

  3. I’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s Toothpaste for several months now and I’m very happy with it. I also use Dr. Bronner’s Soap, shampoo, shaving cream and hair cream.

    I’ve tried both the Anise and Peppermint, and I like them both… but I do lean more towards the Peppermint.

    Thanks Dr. Bronner’s for all your great products and for keeping me healthy!

  4. Great informative interview Lisa and Dr. Munoz. Thank You. I guess there is still a “kid” in me somewhere, because my favorite flavor is the Anise, and I’ve been a “senior” for many years! LOL I just may have to try that new 2020 flavor though, because I do like Spearmint as it is milder than Peppermint to me. I do have one question though. Is it just my hands getting weaker, or was there some kind of change in the formula? It seems like the last two tubes of Anise was harder to squeeze out and the paste itself seemed a little thicker? Was just wondering… Thank you for great products. I have used your castile soaps and laundry soaps too.

    • Hi Peg- That’s great that you enjoy the Anise toothpaste! There hasn’t been a change of formula to make it thicker. If you email our customer service team at info@drbronner.com, Myrna or Emily can look into it for you.

  5. I’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s soap for many years until the toothpaste got released. And yes, the soap tastes like soap! If you want foam, use the soap. If you want the better flavor, use the toothpaste!

    Because I travel a lot for work, I’m very happy that a travel size is also available. I *could* still do it all with soap – shave, brush, wash, clean insects (killing them is a side effect of the cleaning, hehehe!) – but it’s great having all the separate formulations for specialized uses. I’ve been using these products for 8+ years now, and it has made a great difference in my life as far as I can tell. Reducing the number of chemicals I expose myself to and reducing the amount of detergents and abrasives has been a great choice in my life, and I do it with Dr. Bronner’s.

  6. I appreciate this, however the issue with glycerin in toothpaste isn’t whether the glycerin will “break” the enamel as your dentist said, but that it coats the enamel and inhibits the natural process of remineralization. Glycerin is also a magnet for plaque. These reasons have always been the consistent issues with glycerin, and the reason why many holistic dentists recommend steering clear of toothpastes containing it.

    • Hi Akash- Although there’s been a lot of chatter about glycerin and teeth, I’ve not come across any studies on the topic. If you have a study on glycerin’s effect on remineralization to share, I’d very much like to read and consider.

  7. Great informative video Lisa. I’ll definitely be trying the toothpaste soon. I’ve been using only Dr Bronner’s soap (as shampoo and body wash) and hair creme for 2 months now and I can’t believe the difference in my hair. It’s softer, healthier, AND I have curls now. Not sure where they came from after 40 years, but it’s probably due to no more chemicals stripping my hair!

    • Great to hear, Danna! And great to hear from you! I, too, found curls when I switched to Bronner’s only. It’s fun! I used to fight so hard for them when I was a kid.

  8. I have 2 tubes of Dr. Bronner’s toothpaste in my cabinet right now. Sometimes I have 3 or 4, so I can change the flavor each night! Call me crazy, but I really love this toothpaste, and my last 2 dental checkups were great. . . no cavities or other problems!
    PS Love the bar soap too! ! ! !

  9. Love your videos and information. They are informative and fun. Of course, love the products, too. Have never tried the toothpaste, but certainly will now.

    Thank you!

  10. This is too cute! Glad to see Dr. Bronner’s has a toothpaste, I’ll give it a try.
    Kelle

  11. We have well water, which obviously doesn’t have fluoride. If I use your toothpaste, where can I find fluoride, which my dentist says I need?

    • Hi Jeanine- There are fluoride rinses you can use and fluoride can be obtained through food sources too, such as black tea (naturally occurs in the leaves even without being made with fluoridated water), shellfish, grape juice (and dare I say, wine?), raisins, and baked potatoes.

  12. My favorite way to brush my teeth with Dr. Bronners is to use the toothpaste with a couple of drops of Dr. Bronners peppermint castile soap on top. Makes the whole toothbrushing experience very nice and foamy and my teeth feel great.

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