SLS Free Toothpaste

What does SLS do in toothpaste?

SLS is widely used in many cosmetics across the world as a foaming agent, and so often found in many synthetic based toothpastes.  It is classed as a surfactant, meaning it reduces the surface tension of liquids, allowing them to spread more easily. It is also classed as a detergent.

Why choose SLS free toothpaste?

SLS is problematic for several reasons, from it’s production to its effect on our environment, as well as having negative effects on oral health.

  • Palm oil and petroleum are often used in the production of most SLS, and whilst there is some effort to try and find a suitable alternative, the vast majority is still using it, causing the destruction of the rainforest. 
  • In hair and skin products, repeated use leads to drying of the skin or scalp. It strips the skin of it’s natural oils and in severe cases can lead to skin issues like eczema or dermatitis. If you are prone to allergies then SLS in your toothpaste can cause selling or ulcers or just make your whole mouth feel uncomfortable. 
  • The full effects of SLS chemicals on our environment are still only now becoming clear. It is considered to be toxic to aquatic life on it’s own. Whilst this means that small amounts in household products, like toothpaste, are unlikely to cause harm when washed down a sink, if it is not treated or disposed of correctly during production, the effects on the environment can be devastating. 

Can SLS in toothpaste cause dry mouth?

Some individuals may experience a temporary feeling of dryness or irritation in the mouth after using toothpaste containing SLS. This is usually due to its detergent properties, which can strip away some of the moisture in the oral cavity. 

Does SLS cause mouth ulcers? 

Mouth ulcers, also known as canker sores or aphthous ulcers, can be caused by various factors, including injury, stress, hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies, immune system issues, or certain underlying health conditions. While some people report experiencing mouth ulcers or increased sensitivity after using toothpaste containing SLS, it is not a definitive cause of ulcers. Not all individuals will experience ulcers as a result of SLS exposure.

If you frequently experience mouth ulcers or have a history of sensitivity, you may want to consider using SLS-free toothpaste to see if it helps alleviate your symptoms. Additionally, maintaining good oral hygiene, managing stress, and avoiding triggers that may contribute to ulcers can be helpful in preventing their occurrence. If you have persistent or severe mouth ulcers, it's advisable to consult with a dentist or healthcare professional for proper evaluation and guidance.

Does Truthpate contain SLS?

At Truthpaste, all of our products are free from SLS.

 We feel that it doesn’t belong in truthpaste. Given that it can irritate sensitive teeth and gums, and that it has limited benefits when compared to ingredients like bentonite clay and our mixture of essential oils, we are happy to leave it well and truly off our ingredients list.