A smile is one of the first things we notice in other people, and isn’t it lovely when someone has a completely dazzling one?
Even more lovely than that, wouldn’t it be great to attain a magnificent smile without the use of animal products, or harming any animals in the process?
Let’s take a look at the best vegan toothpaste and other oral care products for you to achieve this noble goal!
Benefits of using vegan oral care products
The most obvious thing that qualifies a product as a vegan is that it contains no animal products or animal by-products, and has not been tested on animals during the manufacturing process.
Look out for the Leaping Bunny Certification symbol on your oral care items: these guys give their trusty stamp of approval on products that are made by genuinely ethical and cruelty-free companies.
So if your heart lies with animal welfare, you’ll be happy to know there are plenty of vegan cruelty-free oral care products out there that align with your ethics.
Toothbrushes are most commonly made from plastic and contribute a huge amount of non-biodegradable waste to the earth’s landfills and oceans, ultimately causing great harm to biodiversity.
Instead, we support the turn to vegan eco-friendly toothbrushes that are made from sustainable and biodegradable materials like bamboo and sugarcane. Growing in the tropics, these types of grass have very quick growing cycles, so you can harvest a crop with the knowledge there will be more growing soon, rather than, for example, waiting years for a tree to regrow so it can be cut down for materials.
Instead of chucking away plastic toothbrushes after a few months of use, we are proponents of biodegradable toothbrushes that decompose naturally and don’t leave residual toxins in the earth. Zero waste is the way forward!
Vegan oral care products tend to be powered by plant goodness as opposed to harsh chemicals you often find in regular oral care brands.
Research has suggested that commonly used chemicals in toothpaste and mouthwashes - such as sodium fluoride and sodium lauryl sulfate - can have cytotoxic effects on our gums. No thanks!
We prefer 100% natural ingredients such as real mint and organic coconut to chemicals we can’t even pronounce! You are putting these ingredients in your mouth, after all.
Best vegan toothpaste
Let’s kick this off with the best vegan toothpaste on the market today. Here are some of our PlantX favorites:
1. Dr Ginger's - Healthcare Pro Coconut Oil Toothpaste
We’re off to one hell of a strong start with this organic coconut oil toothpaste. With 100% natural ingredients, coconut oil works hard here to clean and cleanse teeth with its antibacterial powers.
Sugar, fluoride, peroxide, and alcohol-free, this gentle vegan toothpaste is effective at cleaning bacteria while protecting the natural eco-system of your mouth.
With the help of natural mint, this vegan toothpaste will leave your mouth feeling clean, fresh, and tasting amazing, rather than the too-sweet artificial chemical mint flavor you get from standard toothpaste.
2. Dr. Bronner's - All-One Toothpaste
An acquired taste, Dr. Bronner’s cruelty-free, vegan, organic, and all-natural toothpaste is incredibly effective at cleaning gnashers and providing icy fresh breath.
Coconut flour, coconut oil, cinnamon oil, and menthol crystals are just some of the gorgeous natural ingredients which feature in this lovely vegan toothpaste.
We only say acquired taste because not everyone is into the flavor of anise, which is kind of ‘liquoricey’. But if you do like it, you’re going to love this toothpaste.
Oh, and did we mention that it’s entirely fair trade and recyclable too? Pretty amazing, eh?
3. Hello - Naturally Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste
To fluoride or not to fluoride… that is the question. We know there’s a beefy internal debate in health-conscious communities about whether fluoride is a good thing to use in toothpaste or not.
We understand both sides, but there is something to say about the benefits of fluoride for oral health. Research suggests that fluoride is highly effective for strengthening teeth against acid and bacteria from food, meaning it protects against cavities and tooth decay.
And, although you may not think it, fluoride is a natural element that can also be found in natural water sources, fish, eggs, and tea.
Anyway, we digress. Hello have kindly provided us with an option for the fluoride fanatics out there!
This fabulous vegan toothpaste is proudly cruelty-free and uses only whole ingredients. Peppermint and tea tree oil will ensure that your breath is like an arctic breeze, whilst coconut oil will moisturize your teeth to good health.
Best vegan toothbrushes
Okay, when we say ‘vegan toothbrushes’ we really mean toothbrushes that are sustainably and ethically sourced and made with the planet in mind.
Indeed, some toothbrushes out there do contain animal products or have been tested on animals in their manufacturing. Beware!
1. The Humble Co. - Plant Based Toothbrush
Officially approved by dentists, made entirely of plant-based materials, and stridently cruelty-free, this trendy toothbrush is a must-have.
Made from the unsuspecting ingredient corn starch, this toothbrush is a great eco-friendly option for the conscious consumer.
This vegan toothbrush is an excellent step towards sustainable vegan oral care!
2. Terra & Co - Brilliant Black Bamboo Toothbrush
With the bristles themselves infused with activated charcoal, this vegan toothbrush is pretty awesome, not to mention amazing for your teeth and lifting those stubborn coffee stains. The soft non-BPA bristles are also ideal for those with sensitive gums.
Also doing its bit for planet earth, Terra & Co have made their bamboo toothbrush 99% biodegradable and compostable: brilliant indeed!
Here’s a nod to vegan mouthwash: quick swill and you feel fresher and ready to rumble!
1. Tom’s of Maine - Wicked Fresh! Mouthwash
Cheerful and packed with natural delights from mother nature, this brilliant vegan mouthwash from Tom’s of Maine should have pride of place on your bathroom shelf.
Cruelty-free and with no artificial flavors, this winning mouthwash is a good option for all the family to achieve wicked fresh breath!
Containing zinc, menthol, and aloe, this mouthwash is heaving with refreshing elements from natural sources and promises to cleanse breath from any bad odors. There’s nothing quite like a mouthful of sublime mint breath, the breath of the gods!
2. Dr Ginger - Coconut Oil Mouthwash
Try pairing this vegan mouthwash with any of the vegan toothpaste and you will have yourself a hearty oral health regime!
Freshens breath, whitens teeth, protects gums, all using natural ingredients, can you ask for much more from a mouthwash?
1. Dr. Tung's - Activated Charcoal Floss
Flavored with natural lemongrass, this zesty floss allows activated charcoal access to the nooks and crannies between your teeth for the ultimate clean!
2. Radius - Xylitol Floss
Made from candelilla plant wax, this gentle floss removes bacteria nasties with the added help of natural mint and tea tree oil.
Now that’s something to smile about!
At least now if anyone argues that you can’t achieve good oral health with vegan products, you’ll know what to tell them!
Vegan oral care products are paving the way for a sustainable, ethical, cruelty-free approach to dental care, and we are all aboard!
Grab yourself a good vegan toothpaste, floss, a vegan eco-friendly toothbrush, and a vegan mouthwash, and you’ll have yourself a four-pronged attack on plaque, stains, bad bacteria, and bad breath.
Here’s to healthy, happy gums and teeth and fresh breath, without the use of animal products or harming any innocent animals in the process!
Vegan oral care here we come!