TOXIC TUESDAY INGREDIENT FOCUS:  SLS (Sodium Laurel / Laureth Sulfate)

WHAT IS IT?  Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate is used as a surfactant (to break down surface tension in water) and is found in many soaps and detergents – as well as in shampoo, hand cream, cleansers, mouthwash and toothpaste.

HEALTH RISK: SLS is known to cause skin inflammation and may mimic estrogens, cause hair loss and damage teeth. It is a mutagen and while not a direct carcinogen, it can cause epidermal changes that could lead to cancer. One of the worst sources of absorption is from toothpaste and mouthwash, via the mucus membranes in the mouth. SLS can be stored in the liver, heart, lungs and brain. It can also damage the eyes, particularly in children.

ALTERNATIVES TO TRY: We really like  The Natural Dentist Healthy Teeth & Gums Original Toothpaste or Tom’s of Maine Clean & Gentle for an SLS-free toothpaste.

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  1. Good to see it’s fluoride free as well. Fluoride is a cellular enzyme poison that inhibits it function. We don’t need it!

    Sandy Halliday | 01.26.2012 | Reply
  2. Ive heard different things about Fluoride. My childs dentist – who is very au natural – recommends small amount of fluoride in toothpaste because most of us drink purified/bottled water where fluoride is not present. Fluoride is important for strong teeth and having a bit of it our toothpaste, he thinks is not such a bad thing. i use the natural dentist brand, but one that has fluoride in it. maybe all in moderation?

    lisa | 01.30.2012 | Reply
  3. […] ourselves to toxin-free living, which means detoxing our toothpaste as well. Eliminate Fluoride,Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Triclosan, Sodium Hydroxide, and other nasty chemicals. These chemicals are damaging to the body […]

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