What is SLS? Where is it found? What is Fluoride? Is it harmful?
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What is SLS
SLS is also known as Sodium Luaryl Sulfate (SLS). It is a type of detergent and foaming agent.
What products is SLS found in?
SLS is most commonly found in cleaning, beauty and body care products such as laundry detergents, shampoos, soaps, facial cleansers.
Why is SLS used in these products?
SLS is a foaming agent. SLS creates the froth/foam/lather in the products it is added to.
Why do companies use it?
It is one of the cheapest ingredients that can create foam and lather. Most people believe the more a product foams the cleaner and more effective the product is for this reason most companies continue to use it as an ingredient. SLS is low priced ingredient.
Is SLS harmful to humans? Should you avoid SLS?
SLS is an ingredient which has garnered a great amount of negative attention in the past decade.
Short term studies on SLS appears to be ok however, long term clinical studies have shown unfavourable links to cancer, allergies, cell mutation and other harmful consequences. Since most people brush their teeth every day. Sacsons has decided to be on the safer side and avoid toothpaste that uses SLS.
We recommend our users conduct their own personal research into this particular ingredient to decide if this ingredient is one they choose to avoid.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a compound extracted from minerals, such as phosphates from ground rocks.
What does fluoride do in toothpaste?
Fluoride reduces the risks of tooth decay (dental cavities)and gingivitis (gum disease).
Is fluoride safe?
There is an ongoing debate on whether toothpaste should or should not have fluoride.
In small amounts fluoride is safe and around 70% of Australians acquire fluoridated tap water. Excessive amounts of fluoride exposure can negatively affect the nervous system bones and joints, kidneys, thyroid, dental fluorosis, and cause reproductive issues.
Sacsons has chosen to exclude toothpaste with fluoride based on the current written risks and due to the presence of fluoride in most Australian tap water
We always recommend our readers conduct their own research and form their own opinion on this particular toothpaste ingredient.