Allergies are a common chronic condition many of us suffer from. Although environmental or food allergies are most common, it’s possible to be allergic to hygiene products you use every day. If you’re wondering if you’re allergic to your toothpaste, you may not be imagining things.
How to Tell If You’re Allergic
Unlike environmental or food allergies, it may be more difficult to tell if you have an allergic response to toothpaste. The most common symptom of a toothpaste allergy is chapped lips, or Cheilitis. Those who have noticed chronic, chapped lips that don’t improve with lip balm may want to try switching toothpaste. A less common symptom is a rash in or around the mouth. If you’re having either of these issues, particularly after brushing teeth, you may want to switch as soon as possible.
What Causes Toothpaste Allergies?
For those who may be sensitive, there are a number of potential allergy-causing ingredients in toothpaste. Some may be allergic to fluoride, which helps to keep teeth strong. Others may have a sensitivity to cinnamon flavored toothpaste or gluten.
What to Do If You’re Allergic
If you think you may be allergic to your toothpaste, the first thing you should do is discontinue use. If you’re having a reaction that includes tongue swelling or trouble breathing, go to the emergency room. If your reaction is less serious, please contact us or your doctor. A doctor can give you an allergy test to see which ingredients may be harmful, and we can direct you to a safe and effective type that will work for your teeth.
As always, don’t hesitate to contact us if problems arise. We are always here to help with questions about oral hygiene products that are right for you. We hope to see you soon!