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DrTung’s Herbal Toothpowder Tabs – the next-generation dentifrice!

Let the toothpaste tube sink into history! With 6 tubes per person per year (ref. World Health Organization) going into the landfill, our planet is being buried with billions of these. Welcome DrTung’s Herbal Toothpowder Tabs, for teeth, breath, gums, saliva balance, and the whole oral microbiome!  And the planet too!

Wake up to a fresh mouth with time-tested Ayurvedic herbs blended with oral-friendly ingredients for a clean, uplifting whole mouth experience. Plus, our eco-conscious packaging lets you brush without contributing to plastic waste.

Before we take an exciting dive into our new tabs, let’s look at the history of toothpaste.

History Of Toothpaste

Toothpaste has a long lineage in human history. While the earliest known toothpaste would be considered ineffective by today’s standard, it was far more effective than what people used in the 1700s. Let’s take a look at the Toothpaste Timeline.

4 A.D.: The Ancient Egyptians made a paste of rock salt, mint, dried flowers, pepper, and water to clean their teeth. While hard on the gums, it was effective at cleaning the teeth.

1780: People made a paste out of burnt bread particles to clean their teeth (no, we’re not making this up!).

1824: A dentist named Dr. Peabody added soap to the burnt bread concoction for added cleaning power.

1873: Colgate launches their first commercially available toothpaste, which comes in a jar. 

1892: Dr. Washington Sheffield puts toothpaste in a collapsible tube. 

1914: Scientists discover that fluoride remineralizes enamel, and toothpaste manufacturers add it to their toothpaste formulas. This is the dawn of toothpaste as we know it today.

Why We Love DrTung’s Herbal Toothpowder Tabs

Let’s face it–it’s time to retire generic toothpaste in tubes. Many are full of unhealthy, unnecessary ingredients, bury us in plastic trash, and can lead to messy leaks when travelling. Worst of all, they don’t spark joy, and using toothpaste often feels like a chore.

Other so-called “Toothpaste tablets” have addressed the problem of single-use plastic waste, but not all toothpaste tablets are created equal. Many of them still contain fluoride or sketchy foaming agents, or rely mainly on surfactants and abrasives for cleaning power.

Of course, DrTung’s new Herbal Toothpowder Tabs are COMPLETELY different from anything else.

In a good way!!

Formulated With Medicinal Herbs

 Contains more than 10 organic ingredients.
 Includes organic neem, miswak, triphala and xylitol, proven to have anti-bacterial and many oral benefits.
 Expert formulation team headed by Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar MD, renowned Ayurvedic physician and educator.
 A great alternative to regular toothpaste or tooth powders.

Let’s look at the herbs and their medicinal benefits.

Neem Leaf

The neem tree is native to the Indian subcontinent, and its leaves and bark have been used in Ayurvedic medicinal concoctions for centuries. Neem leaf has antibacterial properties, decreasing harmful bacteria in the mouth that lead to cavities, and it maintains proper pH levels in the saliva to reduce tooth decay. It also promotes fresh breath.


Humans have been using twigs from the miswak tree, A.K.A. the “Toothbrush Tree,” for millennia. These twigs are smooth on the outside with long, durable fibers on the inside. When a small section of the outer bark is cut off, the twig acts as a natural toothbrush, resembling a small paintbrush.

Miswak isn’t just mechanically beneficial for teeth–it also contains natural chemical compounds that benefit the teeth. It’s anticariogenic (preventing cavities), fighting harmful bacteria that cause plaque and tartar. It’s also a natural analgesic (pain reducer) and protects and strengthens gums.


Triphala is an herbal formulation of three different gooseberries native to tropical and southern Aisa: Emblica Officinalis, Terminalia Belerica, and Terminalia Chebula. 

The blend has antimicrobial properties, inhibiting S. mutans, the most common “bad” bacteria found in the mouth. It’s naturally anti-gingival (preventing gum disease) and anticariogenic (preventing cavities). The berries also contain antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress and free radicals in the body. 

Free Of Chemical Ingredients

Unlike generic toothpaste, our tablets are made with only clean, natural ingredients. Many generic and even so-called natural toothpastes contain some chemicals and additives.

Here’s what we DON’T put in our tablets:


A sulfate like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a surfactant that makes regular toothpaste create that signature foamy lather. While it gives the perception of more cleaning power, it’s highly abrasive. It’s also a possible carcinogenic, it weakens enamel, and it irritates the mouth.

Artificial Dyes

Artificial dyes make generic toothpaste look brilliantly white, blue, or green. While they make the product look more attractive, they may be carcinogenic and cause mouth irritation.


Fluoride is added to generic toothpaste to strengthen enamel, but it’s also been linked to fluorosis, a condition that weakens the bones in the body. 

Earth-Friendly Packaging

Globally, 1.5 billion toothpaste tubes end up in the landfill every year. We didn’t want to contribute to this distressing statistic. That’s why our tabs have Earth-friendly packaging.

One of our favorite things about our toothpowder tabs is that the packaging uses natural materials. Let’s take a look at what these are:

  • Glass Bottle: Endlessly reusable and infinitely recyclable
  • Bamboo Cap: Bamboo is biodegradable and durable
  • Aluminum-Lined Cap: Bamboo cap is lined with recycled and recyclable aluminum, not plastic

Travel Friendly

The tiny bottle is much easier to fit in a travel bag than a traditional tube of toothpaste. This waterless tablet formula passes through airport security checks easily, AND it won’t accidentally explode inside your suitcase. Score!

Spearmint And Mint-Free Flavors

Not a fan of mint flavor in your toothpaste? Choose our Mint-Free flavor! Don’t worry, our Mint-Free option isn’t devoid of flavor–with added clove and lemongrass, you’ll still get a fresh flavor experience. 

How To Use Our Herbal Toothpowder Tablets

Our toothpowder tabs are easy and fun to use! Just pop a tab in your mouth, crush it up with your teeth, wet your toothbrush, and start brushing.

For tips on toothbrushing technique, check out our previous blog post about how to brush your teeth properly.

The Takeaway

Most toothpaste tablets simply do the bare minimum of cleaning your teeth, containing mild surfactants and mint flavoring. Many of them even contain fluoride and foaming agents. We formulated our unique herbal tabs because many of you asked about a DrTung’s toothpaste option. One that cleans but also actually nourishes your whole mouth with time-tested medicinal herbs like neem, miswak and triphala.

We’re certain you’re going to love the flavor, the clean ingredients, the healing properties of medicinal herbs and the Earth-friendly packaging. 

Shop our new Herbal Toothpowder Tabs now!




The House of Mouth - 10/8/2023 19:41:31

I can't stress enough how essential a travel dental kit is for anyone who loves to explore new places. It's one of those items that often gets overlooked in the excitement of planning a trip, but having a well-packed dental kit can truly make a difference in your travel experience.

Laura Stuart - 04/5/2023 09:47:29

I LOVE - LOVE - LOVE these tooth powder tabs! I've long known about using herbs for brushing as many cultures around the world have done and still do. They use plants. I love how my teeth feel so clean afterwards. Plaque biofilm is so dang sticky and this formula bust through that. I love that there are no strange chemicals - it's all just ingredients that are found in nature. The convenience of the tabs is something I had never considered before and I like it. Thank you Dr. Tung's!!!

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