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Toothpaste allergies are very uncommon, but they certainly can happen–especially if you’ve used the same kind of toothpaste for a long time. When this happens, patients may react with any of the following symptoms

-Sensitive teeth or gums

-Tongue swelling

-Redness in the mouth

-Mouth sores

-Dry or cracked lips

-Inflamed corners of the mouth

-Hives anywhere on the body

-Skin rashes anywhere on the body.

-Anaphylactic shock

Are you interested in what toothpaste ingredients may cause a reaction? The fact of the matter is that any ingredient can be the stimulus, but here are the more typical ones:

-preservatives like propylene glycol and parabens

-fluoride

-foaming agents, including cocamidopropyl betaine and sodium laurly sulfate

-flavorings like mint or bubblegum

-essential oils such as antibacterials like propolis or tea tree oil

If this information leads you to believe that you have a toothpaste allergy, hold your horses. Other health issues may lead to the same symptoms. Schedule an appointment with an allergist or general practitioner for evaluation and diagnosis. If, however, you’ve already been diagnosed, be sure to talk to Dr. Peter D Kim and his associates at Truxtun Family Dentistry for advice on alternative oral hygiene methods. Call us at 661-327-7497.