by Dr. Pooneh Ramezani, DDS
If you’re constantly breaking out in canker sores or struggling with chapped lips, you might want to consider what’s in your toothpaste. If SLS is one of the ingredients, that may be what’s causing these uncomfortable (and embarrassing) conditions.
What is SLS?
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is derived from coconut oil or palm oil, but becomes contaminated with the known toxin, dioxane, during the the manufacturing process called ethoxylation. 1,4-dioxane, is a carcinogen linked to organ toxicity that’s found in a variety of personal care products, but you won’t find it on ingredient labels. Scary, right?
Why is SLS in toothpaste?
Sodium lauryl sulfate is an inexpensive chemical used in commercial toothpastes as a surfactant, to create the foaming action so many of us expect when brushing our teeth. However, you don’t need a rich lather for clean teeth and gums, especially when the ingredient can cause damage to your beautiful smile.
Side Effects of SLS
- Canker sores
- Bad breath
- Chapped lips
- Mouth irritation
SLS Free Toothpaste
Since the Food and Drug Administration doesn't require 1,4-dioxane (a byproduct of SLS) to be listed on ingredient labels, there's no way to tell if it's hiding in your products. That's why it's best to avoid any potential risks by simply using a toothpaste without SLS.
The Dr. Brite toothpaste is SLS-free and made with the highest-quality natural, organic ingredients to ensure that you and your family are brushing with the safest formula possible.
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