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Could You Be Allergic to Your Toothpaste?

You encounter so many more potential allergens in day-to-day life than you may realize. Fortunately, toothpaste is not a common one, since the formulas only get safer as time goes on.

Still, it’s not impossible to have a reaction suggesting a new kind of toothpaste is irritating your mouth.

Signs of a Toothpaste Allergy

Swelling, hives, and anaphylactic shock are all potential outcomes for an allergy.

But if your toothpaste bothers you, it’s probably not going to be that bad.

Toothpaste irritation tends to manifest itself in symptoms like:

  • Cracked, dry lips
  • Sores, redness, or scaly skin near the corners of the mouth
  • Painless peeling (sloughing) of the skin on your gums or the inside of your cheeks
  • Some redness, swelling, or soreness inside your mouth

What Causes Toothpaste Irritation?

Irritants found in toothpaste include:

  • Flavorings
  • Essential oils
  • Foaming agents like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
  • Preservatives

You can talk with your doctor about getting allergy tested for any of these if changing toothpastes doesn’t help.

When You Suspect a Toothpaste Allergy

A serious allergy to ingredients in toothpaste is not common. It’s is common, however, to have a little minor irritation from certain products.

Contact emergency services if you suspect a life-threatening reaction. Otherwise, you can take a process-of-elimination approach. Try a toothpaste free of known irritants and see how you go for a week or so.

Gradually add back in products that contain tooth-healthy ingredients like fluoride and stick with brands that don’t bother you. The same goes for mouth rinses and flavored floss.

Best of all, check in with your local dental office for advice if you suspect your toothpaste doesn’t agree with your smile! There could be something else going on.

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

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