Posts Tagged ‘sls’

Something in Your Toothpaste Might be Giving You Canker Sores!

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Before we get too ahead of ourselves, do you know the difference between a cold sore and a canker sore? They are also known as mouth ulcers and cause that unbelievably annoying, pain that can affect your ability to eat, drink and just enjoy your daily life. Canker sores: occur only inside your mouth, they aren’t contagious or caused by a virus. Click here to see a chart display the differences and to learn even more about canker sores in-depth.

What causes a canker sore? Canker sores are typically caused by damage to the oral tissue in your mouth. This is often due to sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) – an all too common foaming agent that is an ingredient in most of the toothpastes that are on the market. But NOT TheraBreath toothpaste!

You hopefully already know that here at TheraBreath, we are big believers in only using the best quality ingredients and eliminate any unnecessary or potentially harmful chemicals, flavors or detergents.

So check the ingredients on you (and your children’s) toothpaste. Do you see sodium lauryl sulfate in it? If so, you may want to consider giving it the boot and getting your very own tube of TheraBreath toothpaste. After all, we have enough to worry about in our busy lives; canker sores shouldn’t be an issue.

What is SLS? It’s SOAP. It’s a surfactant that can cause damage to the lining of the interior of your mouth and dry it out, causing dry mouth, which you probably know by now can lead to bad breath.

Why would oral care companies include this in your toothpaste? SLS creates that foaming action that develops in your mouth when you’re brushing your teeth. While it isn’t actually doing anything to better clean your teeth, gums and mouth, it gives the user the impression that it does. SLS is also used in many shampoos for the same foam-filled experience.

Want to learn even more about canker sores and sodium lauryl sulfate? Then be sure to click here for more fact-filled articles and information.

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For halitosis, antibacterial agent works just fine without detergent

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

What is necessary in a mouthrinse, toothpaste or specialty breath freshener for getting rid of halitosis? A recent study found that while a common antibacterial and antifungal substance reduced oral odor when combined with a detergent, the latter wasn’t necessary for sweetening breath.

Research published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology noted that triclosan, an agent that can eliminate fungal and bacterial populations, dramatically reduced the scent of bad breath when combined with alcohol or sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS).

However, both of these additives need not be included in an effective mouthwash, the team wrote. Experiments conducted by the authors “support the contention that triclosan exhibits an anti-[volatile sulfur compound] effect per se,” meaning that SLS is not a requirement in a breath freshener.

On the contrary, the team noted that they could not conduct a test on the halitosis-fighting properties of SLS alone because the substance “may cause damage to oral tissues” in solutions stronger than those found in common toothpastes.

What is SLS? A surfactant, or foaming agent, as well as a detergent in stronger doses. Rather than putting what amounts to soap in your mouth and risking getting canker sores, consider using a specialty tongue scraper or SLS-free mouth rinse.

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Did You Know TheraBreath Products are Gluten Free?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

As you may already know, here at TheraBreath, we’re big believers on being aware of the ingredients in your toothpastes, mouthwashes, gums, sprays and more. After all, these are thing that are going in your mouth! Many of our Mommy Bloggers also are mindful of what harmful ingredients are not in our products. Some ingredients you want to steer clear of are alcohol (which can cause dry mouth), sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) (which might cause canker sores) and sugar (which can lead to tooth decay and cavities). As we mentioned in a previous post, alcohol in mouthwash has been linked to an increased risk of oral cancer, so it’s definitely something you want to avoid.

But did you know that all of our products are gluten free? Yes that’s right, so if you are worried about gluten or perhaps have Celiac disease our products are perfect for you! In addition to being the #1 selling premium oral care brand, many if not all of our products are: vegan, certified Kosher, not tested on animals, made with natural ingredients, approved for diabetics and the packaging is recyclable.

So here’s a handy tip when shopping on TheraBreath.com: all of our products have badges associated with them (see image) under the product image. Simply click on a badge to learn more about what each one means. And stay tuned because we have more categories coming.

We applaud you in being a conscious consumers and hope you find this tip helpful.

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New Research Confirms SLS in Toothpaste can Aggravate Cold Sores

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

When we do the daily routine of brushing, rinsing and flossing at least twice a day, we all have a common goal: a healthy mouth and teeth. However, one specific ingredient in your oral care products may actually be hurting your oral health rather than helping it.

Do you suffer from cold or canker sores? Then you may want to check the ingredients in your toothpaste. Research done by clinical professor of oral biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, Fariba Younai recently gave a talk that discussed sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) – a common ingredient in many toothpastes.  Dr. Younai’s research shows that SLS can increase the chances of chronic aphthous ulcers (cold sores) for people with less than perfect immune systems.

What is SLS? It’s a surfactant which is a type of foaming or wetting agent found in many of your common toothpastes. It creates the foaming action while you brush with the toothpaste. However, this foam is only to make the user think that the product is more effective, it actually doesn’t have any added benefit – actually the converse. Past studies have noted that SLS can irritate the walls of the inner cheeks, gums and underside of lips where the toothpaste has the most contact with skin.

Dr. Younai suggested the use of TheraBreath toothpaste amongst the recommended brands that are SLS-free. TheraBreath toothpaste does not contain SLS and will not have the same risk of sores developing in the interior of the mouth – just another benefit of using TheraBreath products. Not only do they keep your breath fresh, you also won’t have to worry about dealing with constant and reoccurring painful cold sores.

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