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If you were asked to name the dental product that is used most often for maintaining your oral care, what would you say? If your answer would be toothpaste, you’d be right. But, did you know that this important aspect of your dental care can cause allergies? Fortunately, these allergies are rare, but they can cause issues in your mouth and throughout your entire body. Unfortunately, toothpaste allergies are often misdiagnosed or not reported. However, if you know the signs and symptoms of this type of allergy, you’ll may be able to identify it.

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.

Finally, do you know what you can do about a toothpaste allergy? As you’ve probably guessed, avoiding the cause of your allergy may be the best way. As you may know, cinnamon and mints—which are allergens—can be found in many toothpastes. Other allergens that are frequently found in toothpastes include foaming agents, fluoride, and some oils.

If you are experiencing any of these issues, our dentist, Dr. Michael Smith & Evan Smith, and our team can help. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to contact Boise Dental Center - Michael Smith, DMD & Evan Smith, DMD at 208-343-4986. We look forward to hearing from you soon.