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A mouth full of suds is simply something people have come to expect since the introduction of foaming toothpaste.Toothpaste does not have to foam to be effective.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is undoubtedly the most common lathering ingredient in cosmetic preparations that foam. This includes shampoo, bubble bath, liquid soap, and toothpaste. It is used by the cosmetic industry because of its tremendous lathering properties, coupled with the fact that it is staggeringly cheap. Undoubtedly because it is so effective and cheap, the many dangers of sodium lauryl sulfate are largely ignored.
To begin with, sodium lauryl sulfate is extremely drying and actually damages the stratum corneum of the skin. This causes a reduction in normal barrier functions and forces the skin to absorb other harmful chemicals. Its lipid dissolving qualities further abuse the skin by damaging its moisture retaining ability at the cellular level. That is why foaming toothpastes cause thick mucous secretions in the mouth, its really a kind of allergic reaction!
It is possibly the most dangerous of ingredients in personal care products.
Research has shown that SLS when combined with nitrates is transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens. According to the American College of Toxicity report, SLS stays in the body for up to five days... Other studies have indicated that SLS easily penetrates through the skin and enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, the liver, the lungs and the brain.
The fact that sodium lauryl sulfate is so harmful to the skin makes it a strange choice for skincare products, but its inclusion in most toothpastes that foam is stranger still. Its effect on gums is similar to its effect on skin: it is an irritant, preventing gums from healing themselves, an open invitation to gum disease.
Norwegian researchers found that when people prone to canker sores, stopped using sodium lauryl sulfate, their incidence of canker sores fell by 70 percent. In November 2005 Cancer Research UK published data revealing that mouth and skin cancer incidence rose 25-35% over the past decade. We believe this shows a clear link between surface irritants (harsh foaming agents/bleaches) and cancer incidence.
Some scientists (mostly in vested interests) disagree that SLS can lead to cancer, but they widely accept that it can lead to gastrointestinal disturbances. Either way, it is a product to most certainly avoid in toothpastes.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate