As you probably know, toothpaste is used more than any other product when it comes to maintaining your pearly whites. However, did you know that many people actually have an allergy to toothpaste? Even though these allergies are rare, it may be important that you know the signs and symptoms of toothpaste allergy. Unfortunately, these allergies may affect more than just your mouth—in fact, they could affect your entire body.
You see, a toothpaste allergy may cause a rash known as contact dermatitis. Similarly, toothpaste allergies may cause perioral dermatitis, which is a red rash that peels and can be mistaken for acne. Toothpaste allergies can also lead to canker sores. Unfortunately, these issues can appear anywhere in your mouth or along your gum line.
Similarly, you may have to cope with cheilitis, which causes irritation, cracking, and dryness in your lips. Sadly, toothpaste allergies can also cause respiratory problems, hives, itching, red or watery eyes, gum inflammation, and even anaphylactic shock.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can avoid if you’re interested in avoiding these problems. For instance, cinnamon and mint could be the cause your problems. Similarly, preservatives, foaming agents, fluoride, and some oils could also cause allergic reactions. Luckily, if you’re able to identify the cause of your reaction, you’ll be able to choose a toothpaste without it.
If you are experiencing any of these issues, our dentist, Dr. Raymond R. Niles, and our team can help. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to contact Niles Dental at 703.494.4101. We look forward to hearing from you soon.