David's Toothpaste Review

Photograph by Tala Parker

Photograph by Tala Parker

I switched from normal toothpaste to David's two months ago... so what's the verdict?

When I began my search for plastic-free, toxin-free toothpaste I came across three options; toothpaste tabs, DIY baking soda recipes, or David's. I thought toothpaste tabs would be good for traveling and was excited to try them but quickly realized most companies package them in plastic. Though many swear by DIY baking soda toothpaste, I heard that it is extremely salty tasting. I also just didn't want to deal with the hassle of making it while I was at university. So that left David's.

David's Toothpaste is about $10, depending on where you buy it. As far as I know, it's the only non-plastic tube of toothpaste on the market today. Instead, it's packaged in aluminum and has a small plastic cap. It's becoming increasingly popular and is available in a number of stores, such as Anthropologie, Free People, Berkeley Bowl, Credo Beauty, Amazon.com, as well as davids-usa.com.

OK, get ready for a long list of all the great things about David's... The toothpaste contains zero fluoride, sulfates, sweeteners, colors, and preservatives. 98% of their ingredients originate from the USA. It's vegan and cruelty-free. The tube is recyclable and the paper box it comes in is made with 100% wind energy. Oh, and it's a family-owned business... And FSC and EWG certified... Am I missing anything? 

David's toothpaste is very similar to regular toothpaste in texture, taste, and smell. It's a tiny bit saltier than the paste I was using before, but after two days of using it, I didn't even notice. It's minty and leaves my mouth feeling fresh and clean. 

David's Toothpaste comes with an aluminum tube key to squeeze out all of the paste so that the packaging can be recycled. While this is necessary and great, I wish there were some sort of tube key return program or way to opt out of receiving one with your new box of David's. However, this is the only complaint I have about David's. 

UPDATE: I recommend that when you first buy a new tube of David’s that you DON’T put on the metal squeezer, otherwise you’ll have toothpaste squirting out uncontrollably every time you open the cap for days. Also, make sure to start using the squeezer when you need to rather than just crinkling it–once you start it’s hard to uncrinkle the tube and therefore prevents you from using the squeezer. Also, crinkling it results in tears in the aluminum tube that slowly spew out toothpaste.

David's Toothpaste is a great option for those who are looking for an affordable, eco-friendly, healthy toothpaste and don't want to go through the trouble of making their own. I would highly recommend it to everyone.