Toothpaste is a commonly used product for dental care. Its main aim is to improve dental health and prevent tooth decay. But, many people are allergic to toothpaste. The problem is that most of them are unaware that they have toothpaste allergy. This allergy is very rare and so very difficult to diagnose. Toothpaste contains many ingredients that cause allergy. But, it is very hard to identify, which substance creates particular reaction.
Causes for toothpaste allergy
Allergy occurs by your body’s sensitivity to a particular particle or chemical found in toothpaste. Toothpastes contain many natural and unnatural ingredients that can cause many serious problems including death in people. Some common elements that may cause toothpaste allergy are cinnamon, papain, fluoride, sodium benzolate, aluminum and propylene glycol. According to the Fluoride Action Network, this allergy may be due to the presence of fluoride in toothpaste.
Flavoring is another most common allergen found in toothpaste. It contains 95% of the toothpaste. The additives found in toothpaste such as peppermint oils and spearmint, menthol and carvone are such flavorings, which are widely used to make the toothpaste more enjoyable as well as it freshen the breath. Foaming agent or leathering agent is the second most important ingredient in toothpaste that may cause allergy. Propylene, another common allergen in toothpaste acts as a solvent to mix the insoluble elements and works as a preservative. Essential oils, which are extracted from many plants and some animals or synthesized from petroleum or coal, are the other allergens.
Symptoms of toothpaste allergy
The symptoms of toothpaste allergy extend from mild to severe and sometimes lead to severe situations including anaphylactic shock and death. Infections, rashes, dryness, swelling and redness in the mouth are the common symptoms of toothpaste allergy. The fluoride present in toothpaste can cause perioral dermatitis as well as canker scores. Perioral dermatitis causes many health problems including peeling, itchy red rash that resembles small acne.
Contact dermatitis, the troublesome symptom of allergy to toothpaste, causes itchy flaky rash around lips and chin. It is very hard to hide the symptoms and so the allergic person has to suffer the discomfort for a long time. It starts in the corners of the mouth and gradually spread around the lower lip. Even respiratory problems are reported due to toothpaste allergy. If you happen to ingest a small amount of toothpaste you are allergic to, gastrointestinal problems may occur.
Treatment for toothpaste allergy
The residue of toothpaste may be left on the corners of our mouth after brushing. This is the area where the toothpaste allergy starts first. Rashes will appear there. So, make sure you wash your mouth and face properly after brushing and pay special care to the corners of the mouth. Try to use same toothpaste that makes you feel comfortable. If you want to use different toothpastes, select those having fewest ingredients.
Natural toothpastes contain comparatively less ingredients. But, keep in mind that some rare mixes of herbs used in it may cause allergy in people. Use a smaller amount of toothpaste about 1/3 or ¼ less to minimize your exposure to toothpaste. Rinse well with toothpaste after brushing. Make sure that you do not drink the fluoridated toothpaste while brushing.
A good dentist can determine whether your problem is due to toothpaste allergy, and which ingredient cause the allergy. Therefore, he can give you proper directions and treatments. If your allergy is due to the fluoride in the toothpaste, you have to switch to toothpaste that does not contain fluoride.
If you have any food allergy, you can prevent it by avoiding the particular food. But, toothpaste is not an avoidable thing. So allergic person should be very careful while choosing and using toothpaste.