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Sodium Lauryl Sulfate In Toothpaste

Originally published on in First magazine, March 5, 2007

Most toothpastes contain the harsh foaming agent sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  To reduce it’s corroding effects, rinse the mouth with water for one minute after brushing, advises Eda Ellis, D.D.S., founder of Central Park Dental Spa in New York City.  This washes away most of the SLS, so it doesn’t stick to teeth and gums where it can intensify damage.  To avoid SLS completely, scan labels and opt for one of the growing number of natural pastes, like The Natural Dentist Healthy Gums Toothpaste SLS Free in Refresh mint ($6 for 4 oz. at drugstores and TheNaturalDentist.com.