This is a question we get asked a lot. Usually phrased as “You can brush your teeth with soap?” along with an unspoken “whaaaatt???” Our answer is always yes, you can! And no, it doesn’t taste like the yucky soap mom washed your mouth out with.
Our Tooth Suds bar soap for teeth has a very light flavor from the essential oils used in the formula. It leaves your mouth clean and fresh… and you’ll never have to deal the toothpaste glops or messy plastic tubes again!
Here’s the low down on brushing your teeth with soap:
First, a Brief History of Toothpaste
Toothpaste was used long before toothbrushes were invented. It is believed that the Egyptians started using a paste to clean their teeth around 5000BC. Ancient Greeks and Romans also used toothpaste, and China started using it around 500BC.
Ancient toothpaste was used to treat the same concerns we have today, keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy as well as having fresh breath. The ingredients were varied and a little strange, including burnt eggshells and the powder of ox hooves’ ashes, which were combined with pumice. The Greeks and Romans preferred a more abrasive version including crushed bones and oyster shells. The Romans were more about helping bad breath and added more flavoring, along with powdered charcoal and bark. The Chinese have used many substances over time that included ginseng, herbal mints and salts.
Toothpaste in Modern Times
The development of toothpaste as we know it today started in the late 1800’s. Prior to the 1850’s, toothpaste was usually a powder. In 1873 Colgate began mass production of toothpaste in jars and introduced the modern-day tube of toothpaste in the 1890’s.
Up until 1945 toothpaste contained soap, after that soap was replaced by a compound of ingredients such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, and this ingredient is still used today. Fluoride toothpaste was introduced in 1914 to help prevent tooth decay. In the second half of the 20th century toothpaste formulas were developed to help prevent or treat specific diseases and conditions, such as teeth sensitivity. And the current trend is the demand for toothpaste that whitens teeth and gives them an iridescent shine. A new ingredient called Triclosan provides another level of protection against cavities, plaque, gum disease, and bad breath (yes, it’s allowed in toothpaste, but no longer allowed in soaps per FDA rulings.)
What is Tooth Soap?
Alo Goods Tooth Suds is a pure and natural soap for teeth; it is holistic tooth care with soap for teeth. Tooth suds allow your body to work as nature intended so your saliva can remineralize your teeth.
Our original Tooth Suds is made with olive oil, aloe vera and essential oils. Our Charcoal Tooth Suds uses the same formula as the original and enhanced with activated charcoal and tea tree essential oil. To break it down further, here is why we use those ingredients:
- Olive oil soap is the gentlest cleansing of all soaps.
- Aloe Vera to nourish your gums.
- Essential oils for a very light “taste” and nourishment.
- Activated Charcoal to whiten and brighten.
Our Tooth Suds are fluoride-free, SLS Free, and contain no artificial sweeteners, no triclosan, and no added glycerin.
What about taste?
Traditional toothpaste requires multiple rinses to wash it all off of your teeth, which is why you have a taste in your mouth after brushing. Tooth Suds rinse off easily, leaving your mouth clean and fresh, and again, allows your body to do its natural work at keeping your teeth healthy. It is formulated NOT to taste like soap.
Tooth Remineralization? What’s that?
Demineralization and remineralization are processes that our mouth goes through every day. Tooth remineralization is an organic process that works to help repair enamel before cavities form. Acids triggered by sugars we eat and drink, try to erode the tooth’s enamel. Our saliva works equally hard to neutralize the acid so the remaining minerals, such as calcium and phosphate, can return to the enamel surface. Decay accelerates, however, when sugars enter the mouth too frequently, and the saliva just can’t keep up.
Promoting remineralization with an alkaline PH: In an acidic environment, teeth begin to demineralize, which puts them at risk for cavities. In a more alkaline environment (like that of Tooth Suds), teeth can become stronger and remineralize!
The Fluoride Battle
We realize that opinions differ on the use of Fluoride and we think you should form your own opinion on the subject. We’ve compiled some additional information and resources for you here.
How do you use Tooth Suds?
Tooth Suds is a soap you can use on your teeth! But don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like the soap you mom washed your mouth out with. It has a very light flavor that many prefer over traditional toothpaste.
To use Tooth Suds:
- Wet the bar with running water and scrub a toothbrush across the bar.
- Brush your teeth as usual.
- Spit and rinse well (careful not to swallow, because, well it’s soap).
- Allow the bar to dry between uses to prolong the life of the tooth suds soap bar.
Drying it between uses keeps it bacteria free; when the bar dries, germs can’t live on it. We recommend a wooden soap dish for storing soap between uses.
And… it’s OK to wash your hands with it too! In fact, since Tooth Suds is made with olive oil, it’s one of the gentlest soaps around and makes an amazing facial soap.
What are the benefits of using Tooth Suds over other alternatives?
Alternatives to toothpaste are typically powders that don’t contain soap (and thus don’t clean), or soaps that are shredded and in a jar. Shredded soap requires you to put more soap than you need into your mouth. It also requires a jar for storage… and who really wants that extra waste and packaging?
With Tooth Suds bar soap, you simply swipe your toothbrush over the bar and you’re done. There’s no need to fiddle with little shreds of soap (although you could easily grate your bar if you prefer shredded soap for your teeth), and there’s no container to toss when the bar is used up.
Alo Goods Tooth Suds are eco-friendly, zero waste and a great product to travel with! There are no liquids, pastes, creams or powders to spill in your luggage, and because it’s not liquid, you can take it in your carry on with no worries.
Are Tooth Suds Sanitary?
The quick answer is yes. Since Tooth Suds is chemically a soap, it is completely safe to use for cleaning your mouth. Although it won’t stop you from using swear words =) You can read our article on why soap isn’t dirty (it’s very hygienic) for more details on the topic.
We can’t wait to hear your feedback.