Mouth ulcers and the toothpaste (SLS) connection

Chronic Aphtosis and Sodium Lauryl Sulface

It is also called Aphta and Chronic aphtosis. Normally you should not experience a mouth ulcer very often, but if you do (like I did for a while), there may be something in your toothpaste triggering this unpleasant response in your body.

First I thought it was something with my teeth, throat, immune system or the food I am eating… But after being in a foreign country for a few weeks and returning to my old toothpaste back home, it flared up in an hour. So I realized the inevitable toothpaste-mouth ulcer connection right there and then. I started researching and surprisingly, I am not the only one affected. For most sensitive people Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is causing similar issues.

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a highly effective surfactant and is used in any task requiring the removal of oily stains and residues. For example, it is found in higher concentrations with industrial products including engine degreasers, floor cleaners, and car wash soaps. It is found in toothpastes, shampoos, shaving foams, and bubble bath formulations in part for its thickening effect and its ability to create a lather.

So what can you do?

Switch to a toothpaste that is free of SLS. I am currently using Herbal Tooth & Gum Powder from dr. Christopher and for me it is wonderful. You can also make your own toothpaste – more details in the following post.

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