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i need some help please! why some toothpastes produce a mucus-like layer inside the mouth?

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Dr. Mark Birnbach
Cosmetic Dentistry 48 years experience
Toothpaste : Some people react to some of the ingredients in toothpaste. Sodium laurel sulfate ( a foaming agent) is one that is often the culprit. Look for a toothpastes without this ingredient ==.
Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Change toothpaste: You might have a reaction to the toothpaste. I recommend changing toothpaste. There might be something that does not agree with your tissue.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Ingredient: Your body chemistry will react differently than the next person's body chemistry to the ingredients in various toothpaste. Sodium laurel sulfate, a foaming agent, may be the ingredient you take issue with. Try different brands until you find one you are happy with. Just make sure toothpaste contains fluoride to help fight cavities.

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