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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.

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 find that you have any of these symptoms, we recommend visiting us as soon as possible. Our dentist, Dr. Jorge de la Osa, and our team will examine and assess your mouth and help you with any questions or concerns that you may have. To schedule an appointment with us, please call Sunshine Dental Group at 323.266.2120. We look forward to hearing from you soon.