If you want to switch to cruelty-free and vegan dental care, it can be hard to find all the products you need at your local drugstore.

Personally what I like to do is buy everything I need from Amazon and iHerb, which carry several brands that don’t test on animals.

Another option is Target, which carries a few cruelty-free and green beauty brands. Don’t forget about your local health store, too!

Brands To Avoid

As I mention in my list of Companies That Test On Animals, a few oral care that aren’t cruelty-free are listed here:

  • Aim
  • Aquafresh
  • Close-up
  • Colgate
  • Crest
  • Listerine
  • Mentadent
  • Pearl Drops
  • Reach
  • Scope
  • Sensodyne
  • Signal

If you look at the fine print of a product and can see that it’s owned by Colgate-Palmolive, Procter & Gamble, Church & Dwight, or Johnson & Johnson, chances are it’s tested on animals. There are only a handful of exceptions to this rule, such as Tom’s of Maine (which is owned by Colagte-Palmolive while remaining cruelty-free).

Cruelty-Free Brands

I’ll pinpoint specific products in a moment, but first let me list some brands that are cruelty-free and offer oral care products:

  • JASON
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Desert Essence
  • Nature’s Gate
  • Kiss My Face
  • Auromere
  • Vitacare
  • Eco-Dent
  • Radius
  • Hello Products

Toothpaste

The cool thing about cruelty-free toothpaste is that it’s easy to find more natural alternatives. This is great if you’re looking for fluoride-free or SLS-free toothpaste!

A word on these 2 ingredients before I get into the toothpaste. Fluoride strengthens teeth and reduces chances of getting cavities, which is why it’s traditionally added not only to toothpaste, but also to tap water. However, it’s now been proven that fluoride is toxic when ingested.

While it remains safe to use topically, whether or not you continue to use fluoride toothpaste is a matter of choice. The same goes for Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which is a foaming agent that’s also an irritant.

Tom's of Maine Simple White Toothpaste with Fluoride

JASON Powerhouse Toothpaste without Fluoride

Nature's Gate Natural Toothpaste without Fluoride

Now, if you want regular minty toothpaste with fluoride, try Tom’s of Maine’s Simply White Natural Toothpaste. Note that Tom’s parent company is not cruelty-free.

For something without fluoride and without SLS, I go with Desert Essence’s Natural Toothpaste in Wintergreeen, JASON’s Powersmile, or Nature’s Gate’s Creme de Peppermind Natural Toothpaste.

There’s also Tom’s of Maine that comes in various flavors; I’ve liked every single toothpaste from them so I recommend this brand as well! My last suggestion for cruelty-free toothpaste is a brand called Auromere, which is also cruelty-free, vegan, and herbal.

Desert Essence Mouthwash
Desert Essence Toothpaste without Fluoride
Desert Essence Dental Floss

Mouthwash

For a good mouthwash, I’m a fan of Desert Essence’s Natural Refreshing Mouthwash. Other cruelty-free brands offer their own mouthwash, but this one has been my personal favorite! It has tea tree oil which is an antiseptic and a natural breath-freshner, contains no alcohol at all, and has a minty taste without burning.

Dental Floss

I’ve tried the Eco-Dent Gentlefloss and have found it decent. It’s a good price for 100 yards, but keep in mind that it doesn’t come in a plastic holder! This makes it a tad inconvenient, but I appreciate the eco-friendliness.

Another good option is by Desert Essence (again!). It’s called the Tea Tree Oil Dental Floss and just like their mouthwash, it’s coated with tea tree oil which is antiseptic. Desert Essence makes two kinds of floss, so choose according to your needs! Their “dental floss” is what I use; it’s thinner and works best for those with smaller gaps between their teeth. They also make a “dental tape” (here) for those with wide gaps between teeth.

I hope this was helpful to some of you! If you have any favorite cruelty-free or vegan oral care products, please share them in the comments as well!

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B.
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I love the Jason toothpastes! They’ve become a staple in my household! Great post.

xo Brianna | Glazed Over

Suzi Scheler
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Thanks! Jason’s a pretty solid natural brand!

Suzi Scheler
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I mention that in the post. πŸ™‚

Suzi Scheler
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Thanks for sharing! I’ve never tried their toothy tabs myself but they seem cool.

emily elizabeth.
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They’re listed on leaping bunny tho..

LawGeekNYC
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Tom’s seems to put xylitol in everything though, which is good for teeth but tastes weirdly chemical in the concentrations they use (and unnecessary if you’re using flouride).

I use prescription flouride toothpaste, but finding cruelty-free for my husband is proving challenging, as he finds the taste of ingredients “natural” companies use very off-putting. I wish someone would just design a non-animal tested version of the store brands. πŸ™‚

Lyn
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Is your husband insistent on mint? Tom’s Cinnamon Clove is so delicious, I look forward to brushing!

Felicia Mallon
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I recently picked up some toothpaste by the brand “hello” at Target. Their website states that they are Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free and vegan and I’m really enjoying the one I picked up so far.

Suzi Scheler
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They are cruelty-free! I didn’t know they were sold at Target, thanks for pointing that out. πŸ™‚

MsGhost87
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It kills me to know so many animals are being hurt, needlessly, when there are a TON of horrible humans, who committed horrific crimes, sitting in a prison cell, being cared for with our tax payer money – Wouldn’t it make more sense to ask them to test out products that will be used BY humans!? We’ve had prisons for a long time, why hasn’t anybody thought of this!? Boggles my mind!!! But then again, I’m sure there would be an uprising if that actually happened, some extremist groups would say that’s inhumane. BUT Vegans & Vegetarians are The crazy… Read more »
Lyn
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I’m looking for a toothpaste that has Flouride but NOT SLS. That seems to be the unicorn.

Suzi Scheler
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Lyn, I thought I was the only one! Anything that doesn’t have SLS doesn’t have fluoride either, and I’m not against fluoride as long as it’s not ingested. I’ll make a post if I find anything. πŸ™‚

Gwen
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Both Kiss my Face and Jason have several that meet this description.

CJ Anne
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Has anyone come across a sensitivity toothpaste that is cruelty free other than Tom’s of Maine?

Leah
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I’m in the awkward position of having natural teeth on the bottom and a denture on top. Any cruelty-free (preferably vegan) denture cleaners?

Suzi Scheler
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Hi Leah! I don’t know of any cruelty-free denture cleaners but I’m looking into it. Are you into the idea of using a home-made or natural recipe? That might be a cruelty-free option.

Suzi Scheler
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Do it and I’ll add your company to the list haha! πŸ™‚

Inèz
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I would like to use fluoride, but also I would like to use a brand that is owned by a cruelty-free company. Does this exist?

Suzi Scheler
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Check this one out. It’s by Hello, which is a Leaping Bunny certified company that isn’t owned by anyone else. I’ll update the post. πŸ™‚

Sunny
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Hello is my favorite brand of toothpaste! (: the flavors they come in a great as well. & I like that they’re on their own.

Gwen
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Both Kiss My Face and Jason carry fluoride toothpastes.

Judith Nolasco
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Jason has carrageenan

Beth Riney
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Hi Suzi – To no avail I’ve been trying to find info as to whether or not Marvis toothpaste sold at Sephora is CF. Any info?

Suzi Scheler
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Hi Beth, I’ve tried to get this info before without any luck as well! Somehow it’s the most obscure brand I’ve come across. I’ll do my best though.

Tayla
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Aesop mouthwash is cruelty free and tastes really nice. Seems effective

MollyH
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Does anybody know of other mouthwash brands that are cruelty free?

Alexandra Gomes
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Dr. Brite πŸ™‚ vegan, cruelty-free, no nasties πŸ™‚

Casey
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Toms of Maine is owned by Colgate-Palm Olive

Amy
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I think flouride is only toxic when consuned in very large/concentrated quantities. Each to their own but I’m glad there’s creulty free options for both!

Pamela Whitehead
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I use a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda and a drop or two of eco-friendly washing-up liquid in a cup of water to soak my denture in. If you look at the ingredients in denture cleaners they’re basically the same, but not as eco-friendly or cruelty-free!

Andrea Lollo
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Arbonne’s is vegan, cruelty-free and without fluoride! http://www.arbonne.com/PWS/AndreaLollo/store/AMCA/product/Pure-Mint-Toothpaste-4113,1955.aspx It’s expensive, but most good products are. They also run on a discounted membership program.

Judith Nolasco
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Jason toothpaste contains carrageenan. Not cool. Is there A toothpaste thats 100% non deadly or harmful to our bodies..truly truly vegan? Please let me know.

Josie
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I use a brand called Boka and they state that they are cruelty free, but I was wondering if you had heard of it and if they are truly cruelty free? They work as a subscription box and only ship within the U.S so I at least know they aren’t shipping to mainland China, but now I’m doubting myself after seeing your list. >.<

Suzi Scheler
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They’re most likely cruelty-free but I haven’t heard of them until now! Their box looks cool.

Josie
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Oh yes it’s adorable. It comes in this little green box with a charcoal toothbrush. I don’t remember where I saw it from but I tried it and haven’t stopped since. I’m not very good at spotting frauds though so I was hoping you had heard of them but it seems they are still fairly new so it makes sense now.

Josie
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The brand I use doesn’t have either one of those. It’s Boka and it’s a natural mint toothpaste so the oils in it are spearmint, peppermint, star anise, and wintergreen. It’s a subscription box for every 3 months and it only ships in the U.S just in case you’re outside of the U.S. If it’s something you’re interested in their site is https://boka.com/

Bianca
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Try Pearlie White for toothpaste πŸ™‚

Emma Rawson
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Hey! i’m sure i’ve read somewhere that Jason’s has a non-CF parent company too. is that right, do you know?

Suzi Scheler
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Nah, they’re owned by Hain Celestial which is also Leaping Bunny certified.

Jamie
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What about toothbrushes? It may seem like a weird question, but I’ve been wondering about this recently.

Brittany
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Tom’s of main sells toothbrushes! And you can even choose between soft medium etc…. πŸ™‚

Lisabella Fawzeya SayfUllah Da
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Lisabella Fawzeya SayfUllah Da

Hello Toothpaste has flouride and ADA approved

TalesFanGirl
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Ugh, I’m so mad that Sensodyne tests on animals. They were my go-to toothpaste for years because they help prevent acid erosion on my teeth. Guess I have to search for another alternative :/

Jass
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Tom’s is a Colgate brand, so technically this isn’t vegan. Your giving your money to Colgate who aren’t vegan.

Minerva
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Eco-Dent floss is not actually vegan. They are very sneaky in their packaging- the WAX is vegan, but the string part is not. They list lactoferrin and lactoperoxidase as an ingredient, and when I emailed the company about it I was told that these ingredients were bovine derived but the dairy enzymes are filtered and purified so that the dairy agents are essentially eliminated. They told me that it is suitable for vegans because there is essentially no dairy in and of itself- yet they openly admit that dairy was used to grow and extract the enzymes used to make… Read more »
Rowan
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karen
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Hi! I know this is an old post, but Colgate-Palmolive now owns Tom’s of Maine (boo) so the parent company isn’t CF.

Margaret
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Correct me if I’m wrong, but I understood that Tom’s of Maine used bee propolis in their toothpaste, so technically, it would not be vegan. Let me know.

Rose
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And Pepsodent. Pepsodent also tests on animals.

Katrina
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I bought my first tube of Desert essence toothpaste on my journey to cruelty free and love it. Thank you so much for the recommendation! You have no idea how helpful you have been!!!!

Aly Laughlin
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That’s awesome! I’m so glad it was helpful! πŸ™‚

Carly
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Hi! I’m wondering if you have any info about Quantum Labs brand toothbrushes and floss. Our dentist uses them and gave us samples which are good quality. However, when we called the company to see if they are cruelty-free prior to ordering products ourselves, they said they were cruelty-free after “confirming with the president of the company” in about 4 seconds. It seemed weird. Please let me know if you are able to get any better info regarding their cruelty-free status. Thanks CFK!!!

Rebeka
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Don’t know whether you guys know about this, but Korres also sells toothpastes. They have two options, Spearmint & Lime and the Anisum & Eucalyptus whitening toothpaste, which is my personal favourite. I haven’t used anything else since I discovered it, tastes delicous.

Aly Laughlin
Member

Awesome, I’ll have to check them out! Thanks! πŸ™‚

V.
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Good afternoon… i would like to ask if elmex is still testing on animals .

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