Sodium lauryl sulfate, also known as sodium dodecyl sulfate or SLS, is a common ingredient in toothpaste and as a surfactant. It is basically a type of ‘soap.’ You might be wondering why your toothpaste needs ‘soap’ in it, but it is there to help thicken your toothpaste as well as help it foam up and dissolve dental plaque while you are brushing. It is also cheap and makes formulating various types of toothpaste easy for manufacturers.
However, despite the positives for toothpaste manufacturing, sodium lauryl sulfate has been known to have some significant downsides that make it a good idea to look for an SLS-free toothpaste to brush with instead.
When it comes down to choosing a toothpaste, it makes the most sense to select one that is sodium lauryl sulfate free to avoid the potential downsides and maximize the oral health benefits of toothpaste. Invisalign clear aligners can also help with keeping your teeth and gums healthy. It is a clear, comfortable, and effective alternative to traditional braces and can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. We offer Invisalign treatment to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.