SODIUM LAURYL SULPHATE – what is it and why is it a problem?

SODIUM LAURYL SULPHATE – what is it and why is it a problem?

SODIUM LAURYL SULPHATE – what is it and why is it a problem?

On average women add more than 200 chemicals to their skin daily, and with the increase in male grooming our menfolk are probably not far behind.

Combine this with chemicals found in hair and dental products and some people start to have a reaction.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) is an inexpensive ingredient found in shampoos, toothpastes, and body washes, soaps and detergents – it is effectively a surfactant meaning that it breaks down surface tension and allows products to lather.

In low concentrations, it may cause skin irritation, high concentrations can result in severe irritation – so the problems people are experiencing is mostly because of a build-up of levels from different products. There are a number of SLS free products on the market

So, if you are experiencing soreness, redness and a burning sensation from your gums after tooth brushing it is possible that SLS is the cause.

Of course, there can be many other causes of these same symptoms – such as gum disease or incorrect brushing technique – even incorrect toothbrush choice so you should always seek advice from a professional before coming to any conclusion.

Book with us here Dental@155 and we can assess the problem and advise accordingly.

Contact us now Dental@155 or call 01332 209647