This article looks at why we create SLS-free toothpastes. Some people suffer from recurrent mouth ulcers and gum problems which may be linked to SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate), which is widely used in mainstream toothpastes. It may help to choose a toothpaste without SLS.
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The surfactant sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) which is added to the majority of the toothpastes you will find on your local supermarket shelves.
SLS is used in toothpaste to make it foam when you brush your teeth. The foam does not make the toothpaste more effective, and can cause severe gum irritation leading to gingivitis.
A study in Oslo showed that when mouth ulcer sufferers stopped using SLS toothpastes, there was a 60% reduction in their symptoms.
How SLS can irritate your mouth
The mouth is a sensitive area of the body and it is only natural that what can irritate your skin can also irritate your mouth. SLS is known to dissolve proteins and has been shown to cause damage to oral tissues and is linked to conditions such as gingivitis, receding gums and recurrent mouth ulcers.
" SLS is known to dissolve proteins and has been shown to cause damage to oral tissues. "
If you suffer with any of these problems you should switch to a SLS-free toothpaste.
Buying an SLS-free toothpaste is a very cheap and easy first port of call (after visiting your dentist) if you are looking to find a solution to mouth ulcers or sore gum problems.
SLS and other chemicals in body care products
The SLS in toothpaste is also found in many other toiletries. Its use can lead to skin sensitivity and discomfort in many people, yet it is considered an acceptable ingredient for mainstream skin care and hair care products.
" An Australian scientist in 2009 identified ethanol in mouthwash as being a ‘significant risk factor’ for oral cancers. "
Unfortunately, there are also other chemicals in toiletries which, like SLS, may have negative effects on consumers and thus are worth avoiding. These include parabens, phthalates, DEA, TEA and alcohol (ethyl alcohol/ethanol). An Australian scientist in 2009 identified ethanol in mouthwash as being a ‘significant risk factor’ for oral cancers. Alcohol is a penetration enhancer and cancer-causing substances can more readily pass through the lining of the mouth.
Whilst chemicals as SLS are in widespread use in supermarket-shelf products, there are some skin care companies that are dedicated to avoiding them. Green People is one such company, offering SLS-free toothpastes made with safe, natural and certified organic ingredients.
If you wish to avoid using SLS in some of your other beauty products, get more information in our essential guide to SLS-free products.
Gentle dental care with SLS-free toothpastes
All of our SLS-free toothpastes have been designed from the outset to be free from the chemicals which have worrying health effects, giving our customers complete peace of mind that we use only what is safe. We do not use SLS, triclosan, artificial colours or flavours, nor any other harsh chemicals.
Our toothpastes are 100% natural.
Have you got a question about SLS-free toothpaste? Our customer care team is happy to help. Please call us on 01403 740350 or leave your comment or question below.