Non foaming/SLS free (sodium lauryl sulphate) toothpaste is ideal for anyone with sensitive soft tissues of the mouth. Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) is a foaming agent used in many personal care products. For many SLS isn’t a problem, but for some it can cause or aggravate mouth soreness. If you suffer ulcers, mucositis, burning tongue, soft tissue discomfort or if you don’t like toothpaste foaming, choose an SLS free toothpaste.
Sodium lauryl sulphate is a surfactant (it lowers the surface tension between ingredients), and is often added to toothpaste as a foaming agent. It is found in a large range of selfcare, beauty and household products. Some people are sensitive to products with SLS, including toothpastes. If you suffer from mouth ulcers it is worth switching to a SLS free toothpaste.
The importance of oral hygiene for oral health, general health, personal hygiene and overall well being cannot be underestimated. choosing a toothpaste that doesn’t irritate but also contains all the ingredients that benefit oral health e.g. fluoride, is important for maintaining daily oral hygiene.
The non foaming action can be beneficial for carers and people with a strong gag reflex,as well as those with ulcers and sore soft tissues in their mouth.
Use a soft toothbrush dry with a pea sized blob of toothpaste (unless otherwise advised). Spread the toothpaste around teeth then start brushing. Clean each surface of all teeth especially around the gum line. Find out more about toothpastes here
Aim to leave a little toothpaste around the teeth after brushing by spitting but not rinsing after. This allows the active ingredients in the paste to work for longer. Using a mouth rinse? Use at a different time of day to brushing unless otherwise advised by a dental professional or oral health coach.
A non foaming/SLS free toothpaste is the toothpaste of choice for anyone with a sore ulcerated mouth e.g. after cancer treatment.
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