Allergies are said to affect around 30 percent of our population, and there are nearly as many allergens as there are those that suffer from reactions to them. One fairly rare allergy is one to toothpaste.
Perhaps there would be more reports of toothpaste allergies, but since we rinse our mouths after brushing, the effects are minimal if an allergy is present.
Even so, sometimes symptoms begin to show up and it must be dealt with. Some major culprits are fluoride and the flavoring and the oils, additives and/or parabens added to the toothpaste. What should you be looking for if you suspect a toothpaste allergy?
Signs of an Allergy
Cheilitis - This condition causes dryness, cracking and irritation inside your mouth. Swelling may also be present, as well as oozing from your mouth's corners.
Mucosal Sloughing - With this symptom, the mouth peels from the ingredients in the toothpaste that is burning the skin.
Canker Sores - Painful lesions in the mouth.
Perioral Dermatitis - This condition manifests as red bumps around the mouth area, but can also be on other areas of the face. They resemble acne and peeling skin may also be present.
General allergy reactions like hives, congestion, itchy and red, watery eyes.
Treating an Allergy
Treatment of a toothpaste allergy is generally simply pinpointing what is causing the allergy and removing it from your life. Call our office and we will gladly help you determine what could be causing the problem.
A low-potency steroid to be used topically may also be prescribed for any immediate symptoms. In cases of swollen gums or irritation of the tongue, systemic corticosteroids (in either pill or shot form) or steroid mouthwashes may be prescribed.
Toothpaste allergies are thankfully rare, but, even if you end up having one, there are many products out there to use as an alternative. Please call our office to find out what resources we have to help you!
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