What alternatives do I have to mint toothpaste?

Toothpaste is a heavily researched and widely produced product that is essential in the effective cleaning of teeth on a daily basis.

Since it is used so regularly, personal taste heavily influences the type and brand of toothpaste that we pick up from the shelf. Children especially tend to have an aversion to certain flavours of toothpaste labelled as “mint” and comment on a “spicy” sensation when using these products.

Often people are on the lookout for an alternative to a mint toothpaste and unsure what qualifies for a suitable toothpaste. The following are recommended ingredients in a toothpaste to gain the most effectiveness from whichever product you choose.

Recommended ingredients

  1. Fluoride

Fluoride has been dentists main defence in the fight against tooth decay, and for this reason most dentists will strongly recommend a toothpaste/dentifrice that includes this ingredient.

2. Abrasives

Abrasives aid in gripping the plaque, while also aiding the toothbrush bristles in removing biofilm (plaque layer) from the surface of the tooth. They also work as an extrinsic (outside the enamel) stain remover. When it comes to an abrasive you can have too much of a good thing, so don’t pick out a toothpaste that has too many abrasives.

3. Anti-bacterial

Anti-bacterial agents in a toothpaste play the role of slowing down the proliferation (growth) of plaque in the mouth, therefore lowering the bio-burden in the mouth.

Other products to consider include; preservatives, humectants, detergents and alternative remineralising agents, pH buffers, digestive enzymes, colouring and most commonly flavour.

When choosing an alternative toothpaste it is important to consider that if a fairly standard ingredient has been removed it has generally been replaced with something or else the effectiveness will be affected.

In the case of an aversion to flavours, strong tastes such as mint are often used to mask the taste of preservatives, which give the toothpaste a longer shelf life and prevent contamination once opened. Therefore you will often find alternative flavours tend to be more commonly found in “natural” or “kids” toothpastes, however some alternatives do exist.

For baby teeth

The amount of fluoride contained in these products is recommended for children with primary teeth. Once a child begins to lose their baby teeth it is recommended to switch to a toothpaste with a higher concentration of fluoride.

Bumbl co

Australian made

No spicy mint

No gluten, sugar, SLS, PEGs and parabens

Flavours: strawberry, watermelon, bubble gum

500ppm fluoride
Available online: https://bumblco.com.au/

Colgate 0% artificial

No artificial colours, flavours, preservative and sweeteners.

Flavours: 0-3 mild fruit, 4-6 strawberry

Recyclable packaging

Age-appropriate Fluoride

Available at Coles, Woolworths and major chemists


Once adult teeth start appearing and beyond

Hello: Unicorn sparkle

Vegan friendly

No SLS/sulfates, gluten, parabens, artificial sweeteners and flavours, or microbeads

1100ppm Sodium Fluoride

Flavour: Bubblegum

Available at Woolworths and major chemists


Curaprox: BeYou

No SLS, triclosan or microplastics

950ppm Sodium monofluorophosphate

Flavours: Grapefruit, watermelon, blackberry, apple, peach, gin and tonic

Available online: https://curaprox.com.au/shop/toothpaste/whitening-toothpaste


Australian owned and made

1000 ppm Sodium Fluoride

Vegan friendly

Refillable glass bottle

Flavours: Strawberry, cola, watermelon, lemonade

Available online: https://archie.store/collections/fluoride-toothpastes

For more information and advice, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team of professionals.

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