Which is better: toothpaste powder or toothpaste tablets?

Toothpaste tablets are better than tooth powders.

While both tooth powder and toothpaste tablets can be effective products to use in your oral health routine, tablets are more convenient to travel with.

Further, toothpaste in tablet form is less messy than powder and safer for your teeth.

Because toothpaste tablets are formulated with gentle ingredients like sodium bicarbonate to polish your teeth and remove surface stains, they are better for you than abrasive tooth powders.

This article will explain everything you need to know about toothpaste tablets and powders.

What is Toothpowder?

Traditional toothpaste powder, or more correctly known as "toothpowder", existed before toothpaste was invented.

In the 1800s, it was simply a combination of baking soda, salt, burnt eggshells, or chalk to remove mouth odor and clean your teeth.

Today, you'll find that there have been some interesting advancements in oral care products.

In fact, modern tooth powder is simply dehydrated toothpaste that has been powdered.

What are Toothpaste Tablets?

Toothpaste tablets are dehydrated toothpaste compressed into pill form.

They have been gaining popularity over the last few years because they are travel-friendly, mess free, and easy to use.

Typically, toothpaste tablets use microcrystalline cellulose and silica to keep the tablets dry and compact.

Additionally, the best toothpaste tablets like NOBS are formulated with nano hydroxyapatite as an effective alternative to fluoride to fight tooth decay and sensitivity.

Comparison: Toothpaste Tablets vs. Toothpowder

Both toothpowder and tablets allow you to ditch toothpaste tubes in favor of plastic free, glass jars.

However, there are still some differences between the two.

How to Use Toothpaste Tablets 

To use toothpaste tablets:

  1. Pop a tablet in your mouth

  2. Chew until it dissolves and forms a paste

  3. Grab a wet toothbrush and brush your teeth as suual

They're perfectly dosed, so you won't have to worry about using too much or too little product.

How to Use Toothpowders

Toothpowders usually come in glass jars or tin cans.

To use, shake the toothpowder container over your wet toothbrush. You can also sprinkle the powder with your fingers onto your toothbrush. Then, proceed to brush as you regularly would.

Although the steps are short and simple, using the powder can get messy.

In fact, the powder gets all over your sink and clothes, and product gets wasted every time you use it.


A good toothpaste should contain ingredients that help:

  • Remineralize teeth

  • Minimize teeth sensitivity

  • Remove plaque and bacteria

  • Reduce periodontal diseases

  • Brighten teeth


Unfortunately, there isn't much research on the efficacy of toothpowders.

However, a study in 2017 suggests that toothpowders are more effective than traditional toothpaste in plaque control and gingivitis.

An analysis in 2013 also concluded that toothpowders were as effective as toothpaste in controlling plaque, removing stains, and reducing gingivitis.

Another study concluded otherwise: toothpowders were inferior to toothpaste in plaque removal.

Toothpaste Tablets

Toothpaste tablets have become popular recently because they're great for people who are always traveling.

Toothpaste tablets such as NOBS also contain ingredients such as nano-hydroxyapatite, which is excellent in:

In fact, nano-hydroxyapatite is one of the most studied minerals in oral care as it shows remarkable effects on remineralizing the demineralized enamel and penetrating the dentin to reduce sensitivity.

NOBS Toothpaste Tablets also contain zinc nitrate to control plaque and bacteria growth.


Both toothpowders and nano hydroxyapatite toothpaste tablets have a longer shelf life than traditional tube toothpaste because they contain no water.

Summary: Toothpaste Powder vs Toothpaste Tablets

Toothpaste tablets are more convenient than powder and often contain ingredients that are better for your oral health.

While both forms of toothpaste help cut down on plastic waste, tablets are also mess-free and perfectly dosed compared to powders.

Overall, products like NOBS Toothpaste Tablets offer significant benefits over powders.


NOBS Toothpaste Tablets
NOBS Toothpaste Tablets
NOBS Toothpaste Tablets
NOBS Toothpaste Tablets
NOBS Toothpaste Tablets
NOBS Toothpaste Tablets

NOBS Toothpaste Tablets

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NOBS is everything toothpaste should be - all the good stuff, and none of the junk.

Fluoride Free
Never any fluoride, and no harsh abrasives.

We used the magical remineralizing power of nano-hydroxyapatite to protect your teeth long-term. It's the safest alternative to fluoride!

Unlike messy tube toothpaste, NOBS are easy to store and use anywhere.

Thanks to our unique blend of natural ingredients, NOBS will make your breath as fresh as you look. Instead of gross sweeteners that cover up a natural slightly bitter aftertaste, our organic mint will leave you so kissable. Trust us, your date will thank you.

Flex on TSA

NOBS toothpaste tablets don’t apply to the 3.4oz limit. Fly with confidence that you won’t be condemned to a dirty mouth while you travel.

No Mess

Never worry about your toothpaste tube exploding over your other toiletries. NOBS toothpaste tablets come in an air-tight glass jar, free of plastic and without the mess. Unscrew, chew, and renew your mouth.

No Plastic

We want you to disrupt your brushing routine, not your endocrine system. Unlike other brands, our product is free of all plastics and BPAs.

Perfect Size

NOBS toothpaste tablets are individual and perfectly dosed. No more squeezing, no more tube sliding against the edge of your sink and definitely no wasted toothpaste.

Safe for Children

Protecting little ones is our top priority. NOBS provides the safest oral care for pregnant women and their families. Just monitor and ensure that your child can chew and swallow safely before introducing them to NOBS.

This product is not suitable for pets. Humans only, please!

Fluoride Free Toothpaste Tablets