SLS free toothpaste, shampoo, soap and bath products are popular these days. You might think the main reason to avoid sls is because it causes cancer.
Thankfully that is no longer something to worry about. According to the American Cancer Society, there is no evidence that shows SLS causes cancer.
What a relief!
SLS is not carcinogenic but is an irritant and is not good for everyone. Some will definitely want to avoid it for one of these 3 reasons.
Tissue sloughing is one SLS side effect.
Tissue sloughing is the peeling away of your fragile cheek tissue. It's called sloughing instead of peeling because instead of flaking away cheek tissue rolls off.
If you notice white stringy strands coming from the inside surface of your cheeks or collecting on your gums, your tissue could be sloughing away.
Try changing to another product for a few days. It won't take long to determine of you are sensitive to SLS.
Tissue sloughing can occur after using any product and isn't always SLS related. I have seen tissue sloughing from overuse of Listerine.
This reaction may or may not cause soreness.
Unlike tissue sloughing canker sores are very obvious and annoying.
Canker sores have been linked to SLS. if you are prone to canker sores try a toothpaste without SLS.
A lesser known but my favorite reason to use SLS free toothpaste is simple…. it doesn't fill your mouth with foam while you brush.
I know, we are all used to the feeling of toothpaste expanding into foam while we brush.
It feels clean.
But guess what?
It's not the foam that cleans your teeth.
It's you. And your toothbrush.
You could brush without toothpaste and probably get your teeth cleaner because without a mouth overflowing with foam you would brush longer.
The foaming action of toothpaste makes you brush faster and not as thoroughly as you would without all that foam.
Try brushing with plain water or dip your toothbrush in some mouthwash. You will be surprised how clean your teeth feel.
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