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May
21

Food Allergens and Dental Products

Most of the time when people think about allergic reactions in the dental office, they think about a latex allergy. Latex is by far the most common allergy that dentists and their teams are conscious of and careful to avoid. But did you know that several food allergens can be found in specific dental materials used in the dental office at at home? This is one reason why it is extremely important to let your dental office know about any medical conditions, such as food allergies, that you may have. The CDC has seen a rise in food allergies over the past several years, and now an estimated 15+ million Americans suffer from food allergies.

Some very common dental products contain ingredients that may trigger food allergies in patients. Ingredients may be brand-specific, so be sure to ask your dentist or hygienist before your next dental cleaning or treatment if you suffer from severe food allergies of any sort. Products to be aware of include:

  • Trident Gum: Contains milk protein
  • Fluoride (brand specific): Peanut / Pinenut, dairy
  • Toothpastes: Gluten, milk protein, corn
  • Recaldent: Ingredient in some toothpastes or products that contains milk proteins
  • Dental cements (used for temporary crowns): Eugenol, from refined clove oil
  • Topical anesthetic gel: Fruit flavoring
  • Polishing paste: Gluten, pinenuts, nut oils, milk protein
  • Propofol: Egg protein; used for general anesthesia procedures.
  • Nitrous oxide: Does not contain egg, but has similar molecular compound to egg and in rare circumstances may trigger reaction in patients with severe egg allergies.

Your dentist and hygienist may not be aware that these very common ingredients occur in some of the supplies that they use. Always be sure to check first.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental

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