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Toothpaste allergies are rare, but they certainly do happen. Here are four typical allergic reactions to a toothpaste:

-Changes in the mouth: Your teeth and gums may become rather sensitive. You might feel your tongue or the inside of your mouth swell up, or you may notice increased redness or mouth sores that aren’t healing.

-Facial changes: You may have cracked lips or inflamed corners around your mouth.

-Hives or Body Rashes: If you are allergic to toothpaste, it’s possible that the symptoms may appear anywhere on your body – not just your head. You may get skin rashes or hives.

-Anaphylactic Shock: You may see your body swelling up in unpredictable places. If that swelling is near your throat or tongue and blocks your airways, you may experience anaphylactic shock, the symptoms of which are stomach pain, blood pressure drops, and difficulty swallowing or breathing. Here you will want to get help as soon as possible.

Here are some of the most common ingredients that cause allergic reactions in toothpaste: flavorings (such as cinnamon and mint), preservatives (like propylene glycol and parabens), foaming agents (i.e. Cocamidopropyl betaine and sodium lauryl sulfate), essential oils or antibacterials (like propolis or tea tree oil), and fluoride.

You should be aware that the symptoms of a toothpaste allergy can mimic that of allergies to other stimuli. An allergist or general practitioner may help you narrow down what is causing your allergic reaction. If you believe you have an allergic reaction to your toothpaste, talk to Dr. Chris Kim and his associates at Healthy Smiles Dental Care PC in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. We can help you find an alternative. Call us at 860-623-2601.

We can help you find a good alternative.