Tom’s of Maine SLS-free Toothpaste

Here’s cause for celebration:  Tom’s of Maine has launched a new line of SLS-free toothpastes.  They are made of simple, straightforward ingredients.  No detergents.

More cause for celebration: some have fluoride.  These may very well be the only non-detergent (and no-sorbitol) toothpastes with fluoride out there.  (For people who don’t want fluoride, there are no-fluoride options, too.)

I have only one reservation – and only because I don’t know enough yet, not because there is a problem.  The pastes in this line all contain a foaming agent called glycerrhizin, which I have not been able to adequately check out.  It appears to have an impact on membrane permeability, but I cannot figure out whether it might have a positive effect here, a negative effect, or perhaps may not be of concern.  From the things I’ve read so far, there may be no straightforward answer for us short of just trying it out.

Bottom line – spot test it first before using, and talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.  We did a spot test, and so far so good.  Yay!  

I am thrilled to see a prominent natural product company like Tom’s of Maine offer such an extensive line of detergent-free toothpastes!




2 Responses to “Tom’s of Maine SLS-free Toothpaste”

  1. 1 suebeehoney July 2, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Hey! I wanted to let you know about these guys – ALL of their toothpastes are SLS free. They don’t have that glycerri… ingredient though. I called and got a sample from the company too!

  2. 2 solveeczema July 3, 2008 at 3:08 am

    Hi Suebeehoney
    Thanks for the recommendation! The toothpastes seem great! I have never come across this brand. I may recommend it to my local health food store.

    Unfortunately for me personally, they are not an option as I am extremely sensitive to sorbitol. The Tom’s of Maine are the only brand I’ve found that have no detergent, no sorbitol, but do have the option of fluoride. Plus it’s a readily available brand nationwide.

    But thanks for posting the lead for other people!

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