Wednesday June 01, 2005

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate - Not!

Ever since I was ten or eleven years old, I've suffered mouth ulcers, aka canker sores. I've seen these referred to as "pesky" sores — obviously that description was written by someone who never had one. They aren't pesky. They are acutely, aspirin-swallowing, can't-eat, multi-day painful.

I don't get them so much any more.

in 1997, I discovered Biotène Dry Mouth toothpaste. Not only is it mild (not overly pepperminty), but it does a good job at preventing morning "sweat sock mouth". The best thing, though, is that switching toothpastes has greatly reduced the incidence of mouth ulcers for me.

The reason? Biotène does not contain Sodium lauryl sulfate, a foaming agent. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) has been linked to canker sore outbreaks. Remove the SLS and canker sore recurrence goes way down.

There are now several toothpastes on the market that don't contain SLS. (If you like the really minty ones, try Rembrandt ;-)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate - Not! ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Wed, 01 Jun, 20:54 Pacific | Comments (1)