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SLS Free Toothpaste

Toothpaste is an important part of any at-home oral care regimen. Without toothpaste, your brushing routine simply can't be as effective, and you want to make sure that the toothpaste that you purchase is the perfect choice for your dental health needs. If your dentist has advised you to look for an SLS free toothpaste, you'll find a wide selection of options from top brands like Tom's of Maine here at Walgreens.

What Is SLS?

SLS or sodium lauryl sulfate is a chemical that is commonly used in toothpastes and many other products that are used to cleanse parts of the body. The substance is a surfactant, meaning that it is added to a product to give it cleansing power. When you brush your teeth, the SLS helps to change the chemical structure of oily and sticky residues, so that they can be washed away. It also helps to produce the bubbles and foam that develop in your mouth as you brush.

SLS Alternatives

An SLS free toothpaste is a toothpaste that does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate. In most cases, SLS free toothpastes are also free of a related chemical surfactant called sodium laureth sulfate or SLES. Instead of SLS and SLES, these toothpaste products make use of different cleansing agents to assist with the removal of food particles, bacteria and plaque. Often, these cleansing agents are derived from natural sources, such as the extracts of plants. Most SLS free toothpastes can rival the performance of traditional toothpastes; however, some produce less foam and fewer bubbles due to the absence of SLS and SLES. Sometimes, SLS free toothpastes are called "sulfate free" formulas.

Why Use SLS Free Toothpaste?

There are a number of reasons why you might choose to use an SLS free toothpaste product. Some people are sensitive to SLS and develop skin irritation if they touch products that contain it. Dentists may recommend that individuals with certain oral care problems forgo the use of SLS and opt for products that contain gentle natural surfactants. For many people, the choice to use an SLS free toothpaste is strictly a personal one. These individuals are typically striving to use fewer chemicals in their daily lives and prefer more natural toothpaste formulas as a result.

Types of SLS Free Toothpaste

Just as there are many types of traditional toothpastes, there is a large assortment of SLS free toothpaste formulas available. Some products are made for general use by anyone, while other formulas are specially flavored and formulated to meet the needs of children. You can also find SLS free toothpastes that are made for individuals with specific oral care concerns. Anti-plaque products are extra-strength formulas that help to remove more of the build-up from the dental enamel and gums to decrease the amount of tartar that develops. Fluoride formulas help protect against cavities. Whitening formulas contain ingredients that help to remove dental stains. These products may dissolve the stains with chemical ingredients or scrape them away with small, hard particles. SLS free toothpastes are offered in many different flavors, ensuring there is a variety sure to please your taste buds.

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