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Brushing your teeth twice a day is essential for good oral health. But what do you do when you’re allergic to toothpaste? The following covers the symptoms, causes and treatment of a toothpaste allergy.

First, here are some common signs that you have a toothpaste allergy:

-An itchy rash inside your mouth, your cheeks, your nose, or chin

-Canker sores


-Respiratory problems

-Red and watery eyes

Determining the cause is about more than simply stating that you have a toothpaste allergy. It’s important to discover whether the allergy is due to spearmint, peppermint, fluoride, or another particular ingredient.  This will determine the proper course of treatment. A doctor can help you with allergy testing to find out what ingredient is causing the adverse reaction.

There are all kinds of toothpaste out there. You should be able to find a suitable paste that leaves out the ingredient to which you are allergic.

While you are searching for the precise cause and solution, do not stop brushing. Use water instead of toothpaste and make sure to floss regularly. If you have already found a mouthwash that doesn’t create any negative symptoms, use that as your guide in determining what toothpaste to choose.

Dr. Steven Rodriguez and our team at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Chelsea can help you find the right dental products and can give you further advice on how to go about your oral hygiene routine. Just give us a call in Chelsea, Michigan at 734-475-8911. We’re happy to help!