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5 Signs You Might Be Allergic to Your Toothpaste
Allergic reactions to toothpaste mimic allergic reactions to other substances, so the symptoms sometimes resemble symptoms of other ailments. If you have any of these signs, visit your dentist without delay. They can help diagnose the problem and devise a workable plan of action.
Changes Inside Your Mouth
If you’re allergic to toothpaste, your teeth and gums may become very sensitive. You may experience swelling of the tongue or mouth linings, increased redness or sores inside the mouth that don’t heal.
Skin Changes Around the Outer Mouth
Ask your dentist to recommend a different toothpaste if you develop cracked or severely chapped lips or if the skin near the corners of your mouth has become inflamed.
Body Rashes or Hives
Allergic reactions to toothpaste don't always confine themselves to your head. You may develop a skin rash anywhere on your body. In more extreme cases, wheals may form. These circles of raised, itchy bumps are usually are urticaria, or hives. Such rashes sometimes are mistaken for other conditions, such as ringworm.
Angioedema or Anaphylactic Shock
It seems incredible that brushing your teeth could be the cause of allergic signs as severe as an angioedema attack or an episode of anaphylactic shock, but it can. Angioedema attacks create swelling in unpredictable locations. Swelling that occurs in the stomach or intestinal lining often causes excruciating pain. Swelling that starts in or near your throat may rapidly progress until it shuts off your airway. The stress of a severe attack may cause anaphylactic shock. If you notice gastrointestinal pain that’s increasing, feel your throat or tongue swell, begin having problems swallowing or breathing, or your blood pressure starts dropping, get medical help as soon as possible.
Toothpaste Ingredients That Cause Allergic Reactions
Although any substance may cause an allergic reaction, studies have brought to light the worst offenders in toothpaste. Below are toothpaste ingredients that often show up as allergens in patch tests.
• Toothpaste flavorings, including cinnamon and mint
• Preservatives, such as propylene glycol and parabens
• Foaming agents, including cocamidopropyl betaine and sodium lauryl sulfate
• Essential oils and other antibacterials, including propolis and tea tree oil
Dental Clinics in Appleton and Sheboygan, WI
If you live in or near either Sheboygan or Appleton, Wisconsin and have signs of toothpaste allergies, contact Northstar Dental Group. Our knowledgeable staff will help you determine the cause of your problems and find products that work.
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