14 May 21

Your Top Ten Toothpaste Tab FAQs Answered!

You asked… we listened! Since our founders & renowned dentists Drs Rhona and Simon were featured on Dragons’ Den (the Dragons loved PÄRLA toothpaste tabs, just saying) we’ve been inundated with questions from new customers wanting to know more. 

We’ve pulled our top ten most frequently asked questions together for Dr Rhona to answer with everything you need to know about getting started with PÄRLA toothpaste tabs. Over to Dr Rhona!

1. Which tab is suitable for sensitive teeth?

PÄRLA PRO contains hydroxyapatite which is the main building block of enamel. It blocks the enamel pores to give the teeth incredible shine and is great for people who suffer from sensitivity. If your ears pricked up at the mention of the word ‘sensitivity’, you’re not alone. 28% of the population suffer with tooth sensitivity which is why PÄRLA PRO was developed to offer your strongest defence yet. 

So why does sensitivity happen? As anyone with temperature-sensitive teeth will know, just one sip of a cold drink can lead to a sharp, almost electric-shock like sensation. That happens because the open pores on the surface of the tooth allow the cold drink to rush right through it, irritating the nerve at its centre. Sensitivity-fighting potassium citrate alongside wonder ingredient hydroxyapatite (we told you it was multi-talented!) remineralises and strengthens enamel, forming a barrier over the open pores, reducing the temperature transmission to the nerve, and lessening the sensation of sensitivity.

2. Can an electric brush be used with PÄRLA tablets?

Yes our tablets are a hundred percent suitable to be used with an electric toothbrush. Just use the electric toothbrush as normal. However with the tablets you just chew for five seconds before you place the wet toothbrush on the teeth. The water from the brush converts the tablet into a paste in your mouth.

3. What is the benefit of fluoride and do both tabs have it?

Fluoride is the key ingredient to prevent tooth decay. The key is in the dose - you want the right amount to prevent tooth decay. That’s why PÄRLA is perfect - it contains 1450ppm in the perfect dose to ensure you’re protected.

4. Where can we buy these from stores?

The tablets are available direct-to-consumer on parlatoothpastetabs.com. We are also available on Boots online, The Bower’s Collective, and The Vegan Kind Supermarket! 

5. Is this just another health industry fad?

Absolutely not. Toothpaste tablets have actually been around for many years. It is toothpaste but in a dehydrated form. So in essence it’s not a fad - it has been tried and tested. 

6. What’s unique about PÄRLA?

We have a unique formula which is designed by dentists to be good for you and the planet. We have four naturally whitening ingredients in PÄRLA Original and the perfect dose of fluoride to prevent tooth decay. 

Remember how the skincare world went crazy for hyaluronic acid and vitamin C? Well, consider hydroxyapatite the ‘next big thing’ in dentistry, which is why you’ll find it in the new PÄRLA PRO formula. This mineral is a vital building block of natural enamel. It works by blocking all the open pores and smoothing the surface of the tooth, which – in tandem with PÄRLA’s four signature stain-removing ingredients – adds a high-gloss and whitening shine. A true multi-tasker, hydroxyapatite can also strengthen enamel, help remineralise early decay lesions, and fight tooth sensitivity. 

In an incredible world-first, PÄRLA PRO can even support a healthy immune system. Each tablet contains at least 50% of your RDA (designed to be used twice a day) of vitamin E, B12 and selenium, vital for maintaining a healthy mind, immune system and gums. Unlike supplements you swallow with water, PÄRLA PRO heralds a new era in immunity health by utilising the incredible absorption powers of the mouth.

If you’ve ever tried a sublingual (under the tongue) spray, you’ll know how efficient the mouth is at getting all-important vitamins to where they are most needed. That’s because the mouth is incredibly vascularised (in other words, there’s a heavy blood flow to and from this area) so it offers a particularly high absorption rate into the blood stream. Basically, as you brush your teeth for 2 minutes, the vitamins and minerals blended into the tablet formula are able to enter the bloodstream via the skin inside your mouth, before you spit the toothpaste out as normal. While you won’t have come across supplement-fortified toothpaste before, there are already impressive studies highlighting its efficacy. And by getting your RDA simply by brushing your teeth, at least that’s one less ritual to remember each day.

7. What was it like facing the Dragons?

At first it was nerve wracking, but once the pitch is done you actually get into the swing of it! We did a lot of preparation beforehand, had a lot of mentors and we felt ready for anything the Dragons were going to ask. We also knew beforehand that questioning can take up to two hours, whereas the public would only see 15 minutes. 

8. Why should I swap from tubes to tabs?

Most toothpaste tubes are made of single-use non-recyclable plastic, which takes around 500 years to decompose. This means that almost every tube of toothpaste ever made still exists somewhere on our planet. PÄRLA is our eco-friendly solution to the plastic epidemic of toothpaste tubes, where 1.5 billion tubes end up in landfill or the ocean each year.

As dentists, we believe toothpaste should first and foremost protect people’s oral health but not harm people, animals or our planet in the process. That’s why we created PÄRLA – to radically disrupt the toothpaste industry with clean ingredients and sustainable packaging. PÄRLA toothpaste tabs are zero waste toothpaste tablets, sold in reusable glass jars, with refills coming in compostable bags. They contain only ethically sourced, animal cruelty-free and Vegan ingredients but most importantly include the perfect dose of Fluoride to protect against decay.

9. Do dentists really recommend this?

Absolutely we have an incredible tribe of followers. Many dentists are stocking us in their dental practices and have got their patients converting. As dentists we make sure patients are cared for. 

10. Do you offer international shipping?

Due to the massive spike in demand since we appeared on Dragons’ Den, we will be offering international shipping in 2-3 weeks but in the meantime we are available on TheVeganKind Supermarket which offers international shipping right now, click here!


We totally get why you have questions, it all feels so new! Changing to tabs is changing the habit of a lifetime, but it’s #onesmallchange to saving our planet so we hope you’re up for the challenge. Order a one-off jar of PÄRLA Original or PRO toothpaste tabs today - or subscribe and save 27% every month!

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“I sincerely hope that you take over the world with that and I for one will be switching.”

 - Deborah Meaden