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Alternative to Toothpaste Dots
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Adrien Baker
(AdrienBaker) - F

Locale: Kern County
Alternative to Toothpaste Dots on 12/16/2013 21:20:57 MST Print View

My wife stumbled upon these for me at a cosmetic store called "Lush.",en_US,sc.html

Lush is very generous when it comes to giving out samples for almost all of their products. So if you have one near by you can probably score a weekend's worth in a little sample container.


Edited by AdrienBaker on 12/16/2013 21:21:34 MST.

paste on 12/17/2013 00:13:48 MST Print View

I've read from multiple sources that brushing teeth without toothpaste is just as effective as using toothpaste, or baking soda for that matter. Is there any reason to bring along anything at all? It may sound disgusting to brush with nothing, but its effectively a .5 to 1oz weight that serves no purpose, if what I hear is true. Furthermore, there is reason to believe its fragrance could attract unwanted animals.

Peter S
(prse) - MLife

Locale: Denmark
Re: Alternative to Toothpaste Dots on 12/17/2013 06:14:05 MST Print View

Adrien, thank you for mentioning this. I've been looking for an alternative to Archtek Toothpaste Tablets, which i can't find in Europe.

Inaki Diaz de Etura
(inaki) - MLife

Locale: Iberia highlands
Re: paste on 12/17/2013 07:00:25 MST Print View

toothpaste is no magic stuff. It adds some abrasion factor to the brushing but it is the brushing that does the job. Toothpaste is not strictly needed.

Adrien Baker
(AdrienBaker) - F

Locale: Kern County
Necessity of toothpaste on 12/17/2013 12:49:50 MST Print View

I've read and heard the same about toothpaste. I've also brushed my teeth with and without toothpaste and I prefer with. It just feels more refreshing to me. I guess you could justify toothpaste as a morale item?


Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - F

Locale: Southeast
Re: Necessity of toothpaste on 12/17/2013 13:39:49 MST Print View

I think over months & years using toothpaste is the wisest option given it has flouride to kill bacteria and abrasives to clean teeth more thoroughly. Toothbrush only for a few days in the woods shouldn't hurt anything. Warning: I am not a dentist.


Paul McLaughlin
(paul) - MLife
not needed on 12/17/2013 16:57:07 MST Print View

I asked my dentist about it, he said toothpaste makes very little difference, and for a week or two, not needed. I stopped carrying toothpaste some while back. No wondering where to spit it out, no worries about tubes bursting in the pack.

Dale Crandall
(dlcrandall) - M

Locale: North Cascades
Dr. Bronners on 12/17/2013 22:36:58 MST Print View

Dr. Bronners liquid does teeth, hands, face, pot.

Daniel Pittman
(pitsy) - M

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Alternative to Toothpaste Dots on 12/17/2013 22:53:55 MST Print View

Just floss and rinse with water. Get your teeth cleaned when you get back from a long walk. But floss GOOD!

Megan Webb
(meganwebb) - MLife
Re: Re: Necessity of toothpaste on 12/17/2013 23:55:27 MST Print View

I may be wrong, but I don't think the fluoride in toothpaste has any anti bacterial properties..

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Re: Re: Necessity of toothpaste on 12/18/2013 00:19:04 MST Print View

You're right, Megan. The fluoride in toothpaste (and many drinking water supplies) is to strengthen teeth, not to kill bacteria.

We've had a dentist post on the forum that toothpaste isn't necessary in the short term (a few weeks) for dental care - it's the brushing action that removes the food particles and plaque build up.

Charles Grier
(Rincon) - M

Locale: Desert Southwest
Tooth powder on 12/18/2013 05:09:51 MST Print View

Within my memory, most people used tooth powder rather than tooth paste. A lot of folks just used salt or baking soda and got by just fine. One can still get tooth powder, Google Eco DenT for one brand. A small zip-lock with a couple of grams of tooth powder will last two weeks and it leaves your mouth fresher than just using a brush and floss.

Brian Lewis
(brianle) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
works fine on 12/18/2013 07:32:48 MST Print View

I've used tooth powder on multi-month backpacking trips, works fine. While it saves a little weight, the great thing is that repackaging it in a sort of microbottle that I bought somewhere like here ? (BPL), just a small and light quantity lasts me for months. So no resupply problems.

I admit that after using it for months at a time it feels like kind of a treat to use "real" toothpaste when the opportunity arises, but a pretty minor treat, not a big deal.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Re: Alternative to Toothpaste Dots on 12/18/2013 08:05:10 MST Print View

Thanks Adrian for posting this. Looks like a viable alternative.

I tried using Dr. B's peppermint soap. Brushing my teeth with it is fine but I can't stand the aftertaste. I've started using unscented soap for backpacking due to bear concerns but haven't tried that as toothpaste substitute yet. TBC.

I have some tooth powder that works and is minty. Same bear concerns as above though.

Inaki Diaz de Etura
(inaki) - MLife

Locale: Iberia highlands
Multi-month, no paste on 12/18/2013 16:10:37 MST Print View

I've gone multi-month with nothing but the brush and nothing happened. I believe the hiking keeps your body as healthy as it can get, in general. Surely teeth get some benefit too. At home, I still use paste because of the refreshing effect and because it is there but I wouldn't miss it.

Nowadays I usually take an inter-dental brush when backpacking, much better than a toothpick and I like it better than floss.