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✓ Fluoride Free ✓SLS free ✓ ewg.org verified

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.


Fluoride

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.

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✓ Xylitol ✓ Fluoride Free ✓SLS free ✓ ewg.org verified ✓Vegan

Natural Toothpaste with Xylitol

What is Xylitol? What does Xylitol do in toothpaste?
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What is Xylitol?
– Xylitol is a crystalline alcohol found in plant tissue.
– It is a natural sweetener and alternative to sugar.
– It is extracted from plants (particularly birch tree or corn)

What other products have Xylitol?
Sugar-free chewing gum and other candies and food products.

What does Xylitol taste like?
Xylitol tastes like sugar.

What does Xylitol do in toothpaste?
– Xylitol reduces the risks of tooth decay (dental cavities)and gingivitis (gum disease).
– Xylitol can help to alkalise saliva and keep a neutral pH level which can prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
– It also sweetens toothpaste so it tastes better.

Is Xylitol safe to use and consume?
So far Xylitol has not been found to have any harmful side effects however when Xylitol is excessively consumed the sugar alcohol changes the gut bacteria and this can lead to gas, diarrhea and bloating.

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✓ Gluten free ✓ Fluoride Free ✓SLS free ✓ ewg.org verified

Gluten Free Natural Toothpaste

Where is gluten found in toothpaste? Can l be sure a toothpaste is 100% gluten free?
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Where is gluten found in toothpaste?
The thickening agents within toothpaste are most commonly going to have gluten in them. Examples: hydrolyzed wheat gluten, triticum vulgare, and avena sativa and natural flavours may be grain based.

Can l be sure a toothpaste is 100% gluten free?
When in doubt contact the toothpaste company for peace of mind.

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What is Natural Toothpaste?

– Natural toothpaste usually avoids artificial ingredients. example: Artificial flavours, colours
– Natural toothpaste is usually fluoride free, sls free, paraben free and contains plant extracts. example: Essential oils, Xylitol

How did you select this Natural Toothpaste range?

Sacsons chose toothpaste that is:
– SLS free;
– Fluoride free;
– Animal cruelty free;
– ewg.org verified;
– ewg.org score of 1-2 or higher;

In addition to the above factors the toothpaste range selected also has one or more of the following.

– Vegan
– Gluten free
– Recyclable packaging
– Family owned businesses
– Natural ingredients
– No artifical colours, flavours, preservatives
– Certified organic ingredients from regulated government entities

What do we know about the history of toothpaste?

The first known forms of ‘toothpaste’ was crushed charcoal, sand, salt, crushed bones or shells. It is not known whether they were rubbed on by hand or with cloth.
As time progressed these ingredients became finer pulverized version of this as chalk, charcoal, salt, or rock.

Does Sacsons recommend ‘Homemade Toothpaste’ ?

There are 3 common components in toothpaste; Abrasives, tooth decay preventative ingredients, and detergents.

Most homemade toothpaste recipes recommend ingredients such as baking soda, salt or charcoal. Such pulverised powders can cause permanent damage to tooth enamel due to their corrosive and abrasive qualities.

Excessive abrasion of the tooth can cause permanent tooth enamel damage. For this reason, we do not strongly recommend home-made toothpaste.

Does Sacsons recommend ‘Charcoal Toothpaste’ ?

Charcoal is a relatively new and popular ingredient to today’s toothpaste. Therefore, there is little evidence done on the long term effects of this ingredient so we prefer to be safe and not include it within our natural toothpaste list.

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