Irritating toothpaste

Q: I find that most of the toothpaste on the market irritates my gums and lips. What else can I use?

A: Some people can be sensitive to a foaming agent know as Sodium laureth sulphate (SLS). Pronamel toothpaste from Sensodyne is a good option. It’s designed to combat acid wear but is also suitable for sensitive gums due to a gentle non-abrasive texture.

If strong flavouring is also an issue, ask your pharmacist for a plain toothpaste that is flavour and SLS free yet has the added benefits of fluoride.

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