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If you were asked to name the dental product that 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.

One reason why toothpaste allergy is so hard to diagnose is that its symptoms are typically so common. You see, one symptom of a toothpaste allergy is canker sores, which can also be caused by several different issues. Similarly, a common symptom of a toothpaste allergy is a rash. Often, these rashes can peel—which may be known as perioral dermatitis. Sadly, this issue can often be mistaken for acne.

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. Edmund L. W. Char, and our team can help. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to contact Char Dental at (808) 450-2155. We look forward to hearing from you soon.