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Why You Should Use SLS Free Toothpaste

February 17th, 2021

SLS Free Toothpaste Benefits

When it comes to the health and beauty industries, you may have noticed that the phrase “sulfate free” is popping up in more conversations and ads. So, what are sulfates? Sulfates are a chemical ingredient sourced from petroleum and generally found in cleaning products. Health and beauty products that feature sulfates range from body wash to soaps, shampoo, laundry detergent, toothpaste, and more. With consumers increasingly growing more concerned about what ingredients they put in and use on their bodies, sulfate free health and beauty products are increasing in popularity.

Here, we break down why you should use toothpaste with no SLS.


The most frequently used sulfate in toothpaste is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). It works as a surfactant and is what creates foam while you brush. SLS and other sulfates also create a tingling sensation in the mouth, most commonly associated with “proof that it’s working.” However, that “tingling” doesn’t actually mean the toothpaste is doing its job. It just means your tongue and gums are being mildly irritated by the product.


Products containing SLS have been known to cause irritation, dryness, and corrosion. So, if you already experience problems with your teeth or gums, sulfates can exacerbate the issue, causing you more discomfort and pain.

You should use toothpaste with no SLS if you suffer from the following oral conditions:

  • Gum disease
  • Gingivitis 
  • Canker sores
  • Sensitive teeth

Switching to an SLS free toothpaste may help resolve some of the side effects of these issues. Additionally, you’ll gain the maximum benefits from the fluoride in your toothpaste since the SLS isn’t limiting its ability to stay on your enamel.  


At The Natural Dentist, we’ve developed several toothpastes with no SLS. When you use an SLS-free toothpaste for the first time, you may have to adjust to the experience since you’ll no longer experience the “tingle” SLS provides. However, we can promise you the toothpaste is doing its job and improving your oral health. 

All of our SLS-free toothpastes are designed for everyday use. Each has a special purpose, addressing different oral goals: 

  • Healthy Gums Aloe Vera Toothpaste: contains a full therapeutic dose (20%) of purified aloe vera, to soothe inflammation and treat bleeding gums. 
  • Activated Charcoal Toothpaste: uses activated charcoal that has been purified, activated, and ground into a fine powder to safely whiten teeth and freshen breath.
  • All In One Fluoride Toothpaste: an anticavity toothpaste that fights tartar and freshens breath without harsh chemicals or ingredients. 
  • Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste: contains high-polishing, low abrasive silica to help brush away film and stains and reveal the natural whiteness of your teeth.


Whether you suffer from problems like gum disease or not, using SLS-free toothpaste is better for your oral health. You’re cleaning your mouth effectively and doing it without any of the harmful irritants or chemicals. Pair our SLS-free toothpaste with The Natural Dentist Healthy Gums Mouth Rinse for a one-two punch! 

Learn more about why we won’t use SLS in our toothpaste formulas.

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