|Several years ago I was getting very tired of canker sores, so, like you,
I went to the Internet to learn what I could about canker sore treatments and prevention. At that
time the web was not nearly as well organized as it is today, but I read a lot of user group postings
from individuals sharing their canker sore cures, preventions, treatments, and horror stories. As I read
these I started picking up on a common theme from the people who were getting positive results, and the
few dentists who added their advice. The common element was to avoid brushing with toothpastes
(or using mouth rinses) that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (abbreviated as SLS).
This sounded easy enough, so I went to the store to buy a tube of SLS-free toothpaste. After
reading the ingredients on about twenty tubes, I was starting to get a little frustrated.
I couldn't find any "ordinary" toothpaste that did not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. There were however,
a few SLS-free toothpastes for special conditions. I could choose between a product for sensitive teeth, dry mouth, or
exceptionally bad breath. I chose the sensitive teeth product, even though I didn't really have sensitive
Well, to my delight, it worked. Now, having fully switched to SLS-free toothpaste, about the only time I get canker
sores is when I accidentally bite the inside of my cheek or tongue.
Since then I have learned a couple
more things. First, the dentists that were recommending use of SLS-free toothpaste were basing their advice
on several clinical studies that showed a significant reduction in the number of canker sores when people
brushed with an SLS-free toothpaste1,2,3. Another thing I've learned is that canker sore treatment is
covered in dental school, but not as extensively as one might think. (If you are like me, you are thinking "I've had a lot more
pain from canker sores than I ever did with cavities", but go figure!)
To continue with the story, when the formerly SLS-free toothpaste
I was using changed its formula, and added SLS, I was mad again. Why couldn't someone produce an ordinary, use
every day, fluoride containing, SLS-free toothpaste? And is whitening too much to ask? Maybe in a refreshing gel
formula with a pleasant taste?
Well, it turns out, this is not too much to ask! We have now brought just such a
product to market. We hope you will try it and enjoy it.
Founder and President
Salient Features, LLC
1. Chahine L Sempson N, Wagoner C. The effect of sodium lauryl sulfate on recurrent aphthous
ulcers: a clinical study. Compend Contin Educ Dent 1997;18:1238–40.
BB, Barkvoll P. Sodium lauryl sulfate and recurrent aphthous ulcers. A
preliminary trial. Acta Odontol Scand 1994;52:257–59.
BB, Barkvoll P. The effect of two toothpaste detergents on the frequency
of recurrent aphthous ulcers. Acta Odontol Scand 1996;54:150–53 - The other detergent examined was cocoamidopropyl betine (CAPB), which Verve does not contain.