Ever been stuck in a chemist trying to buy a good dental care product but unable to find a vegan and cruelty free one? When it comes to oral hygiene products non vegan brands still dominate, but don’t despair because more and more cruelty-free items are coming on the market and many vegan companies are releasing their own tooth care lines. From the ever excellent and inexpensive Superdrug and their vegan toothpastes, to mouthwashes and whitening powders that really work, via the ‘Ferrari of toothbrushes’, we’ve picked the best of the crop for you. And our teeth have never been healthier.
The jury is still out on whether charcoal really does remove stains, however what it does do, is it attracts and removes toxins and bacteria. This vegan and cruelty-free toothpaste by Superdrug gets rid of plaque and surface stains, has a fresh peppermint taste, comes in full and handy mini travel size and at £2.99 is also very affordable.
Organic and vegan certified, Organii Aloe Mouthwash with Eucalyptus or Citrus prevents plaque build up and removes bad bacteria for fresh breath and healthy teeth and gums. £5.95 for 500ml
Polished London’s Teeth Whitening Powder contains calcium carbonate, which studies have shown is effective at removing surface stains on the teeth when used regularly. This whitening powder certainly delivers and results are noticeable after 10-14 days. Use once a day, brushing your teeth for two minutes (I’ve used it both after brushing my teeth with my usual toothpaste and combining it with it too, thus only brushing once). After the first two weeks use for two minutes once a week to keep your teeth sparkling and stain-free. This powder has a peppermint taste and slightly fizzes when using. It’s suitable for those with sensitive teeth too, but if the enamel on your teeth is damaged or worn off, consult your dentist before using. £25.99
Years ago my dentist use to nag me (ok, he was doing his job, but also nagged…) because I used a manual toothbrush, telling me I should stop and invest in an electrical one as they were better at removing plaque and they would stop me from literally wearing my teeth enamel down by using too much force when brushing. Eventually I relented and bought a standard electric one and admittedly I’ve never looked back. Until now. I have been testing Sanye ION-Sei electric toothbrush for just over a month. This revolutionary product uses patented ionic technology not just to remove plaque, but by also suppressing the bacteria that causes it. I’m about to get all scientific, so stay with me. ION-Sei utilises ultraviolet LED light which reacts with the titanium dioxide bar in the brush handle, thus generating ions (atoms or molecules with a net electric charge) that kill the bacteria that creates plaque. The bacteria present in the mouth is attracted to the toothbrush, inhibiting plaque formation. Phew! Are you still with me? So, after all this science, what did I think after a month of using ION-Sei? Well, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to a standard electric toothbrush. This is the Ferrari of toothbrushes folks. My teeth have never felt so clean. I’ve noticed a difference in my morning breath before brushing, which now is not as bad as it was before, and throughout the day my teeth feel much cleaner than they used to, even after eating. I’ve also noticed an improvement to my gums, which feel and look healthier. I also love that the toothbrush has three speeds and the battery lasts for ages (a good couple of weeks, depending if my boyfriend borrows it - using his own brush, of course). At £129.99 (including two brush heads, charger and cable) ION-Sei is not much more expensive than many electrical toothbrushes on the market, but in my opinion, does so much more.
Ben & Anna’s tooth care range is vegan, cruelty-free and also free from parabens, SLS, formaldehydes and microplastic. What I love about this range, aside from its quality, is that all the products come in recyclable glass jars, which is great for the environment and they look pretty in the bathroom. The range includes Black Toothpaste (with activated charcoal) £8.95, White Toothpaste £9.95, Sensitive Toothpaste £8.95, Cinnamon Tooth powder £10.95 and Black Tooth Powder £10.95.
With activated charcoal and calcium carbonate, this non abrasive treatment removes surface stains caused by smoking, eating and drinking. Use twice daily for 1 to 2 minutes. Results vary but I noticed my teeth to be sparklier after a fortnight. This product is safe even for those with sensitive teeth, but if you have any oral hygiene concerns, consult your dentist before use. £10.99.
One of the classics and still one of the best, Dr Bronner’s All-In-One Toothpaste is made with 70% organic ingredients , including aloe vera and coconut and is fluoride-free. Dr Bronner’s toothpaste also comes in cinnamon and anise flavours. £7.19