Allergies

What is Toothpaste Allergy?

Being allergic is nothing but the natural reaction manifested by the body when it becomes hypersensitive to some common harmless substances present in the environment, namely, allergens. Not many people report having

toothpaste allergy

but toothpastes have often been attributed to symptoms like allergic contact cheilitis.

Causes of Toothpaste Allergy

Toothpaste contains a lot of additives, flavors, and chemicals to give the freshness of breath along with clean, clear and white teeth. The ingredients found in toothpaste which generally instigates the immune system are as follows:

  • Flavors like spearmint, cherry, cinnamon etc. often used to suppress the taste and smell of the chemicals used in the toothpaste could cause it.
  • Artificial colors added in toothpastes could be pleasing to the eye but the chemicals in the dye giving them the color could cause the body to respond unfavorably. Titanium dioxide gives the white color to toothpastes.
  • Abrasives work as the main cleaning agents in toothpastes. Chemicals like alumina, calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate and silica help in removing stains and plaques. People known to react to these chemicals can have problems with such toothpastes.
  • Chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate in toothpaste which causes all the foaming while brushing often acts as an allergen.
  • Fluoride in toothpaste which prevents teeth from decaying sometimes causes the body to react to it.
  • Thickening agents like cellulose gum, xanthan gum and carrageenan in toothpastes are also sometimes responsible for these reactions.
  • Papain, an enzyme, extracted from papaya and added in toothpastes to promote digestion is also known to cause hypersensitivity.
  • Toothpastes are often sweetened using saccharin instead of sugar to prevent cavity formation. Individuals who are resistant to saccharin could show reactions in that case.

What are the symptoms of being reactive to toothpastes?

  • Rashes starting from the corner of the mouth and then spreading all around the mouth. Contact Dermatitis is the most of common reaction of the discussed condition.
  • Canker sores are known to be caused from the cleaning agent Sodium lauryl Sulfate in toothpastes. They are painful little specks of yellow or white ulcers surrounded by a bright red hue.
  • Inflammed gums and infectious mouth lesions.
  • When these bacteria are ingested they lead to digestive and respiratory problems.

Treatment of Toothpaste Allergy

  • Other than treating symptoms there is not much to be done in this condition.
  • Changing the brand of toothpaste is the only option.
  • Sometimes going for a herbal or vegan toothpaste helps unless one is allergic to any of the herbs in the toothpaste.

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