SLS Free Toothpaste is beginning to replace the traditional SLS containing toothpastes. SLS or Sodium lauryl sulfate has been a topic of debate for many years now. It is a cheap compound derived from coconut and palm oils. Although it is an excellent compound for removing oily stains and residues is is renowned for its negative side effects. It irritates gums, and can burn the lining of the mouth, often outweighing any benefits that it provides.
Toothpaste containing sodium lauryl sulfate can cause many ailments of the mouth including canker sores. For this reason it is advised that it is avoided, and replaced with an SLS Free Toothpaste. SLS Free Toothpaste is a natural toothpaste that provides excellent personal care benefits without the side effects associated with non SLS Free Toothpaste.
Sensodyne is the main brand in the UK which provies an SLS Free Toothpaste, unfortunately it is expensive and as a result most people tend to purchase the products containing Sodium lauryl sulfate.
Recurring mouth ulcers are experienced by some 20% of the population. Certain foods have been linked with causing this as well as a number of chemicals. A number of people experience chronic mouth ulcers despite a high level of oral health. The mouth, being an extremely sensitives part of the body is susceptible to irritation and it is believed that there is correlation between non SLS Free Toothpaste use and mouth irritation. SLS can cause damage to tissue, causing canker sores – a severe type of mouth ulcer.
A number of scientific studies have shown that SLS Free Toothpaste reduces mouth ulcer occurrence by almost 60%! This is a significant number and demonstrates further than there is a definite link between SLS and mouth ulcers. In extreme cases scientists have identified a links between SLS and Cancer.
Until further research is completed in this area it will be impossible to say for definite whether use of SLS Free Toothpaste reduces mouth ulcer occurrence. However for a patient who suffers from recurring mouth ulcers, surely it is worth trying, despite the cost.
A number of own brand toothpastes including Tesco, Superdrug and Walgreen’s are SLS Free Toothpastes, be sure to check the label before you buy.