Toothpaste contains a lot more than fluoride. While it is not widely known, some ingredients may trigger an allergic reaction. It is often flavourings which are added to toothpaste such as mint, menthol or cinnamon which trigger allergic reactions rather than compounds which clean the teeth. Below is a brief guide to the signs of symptoms of toothpaste allergy which will help you to identify if you are suffering from the problem.
Itchy skin surrounding your mouth
This is a symptom which is often ignored because it doesn't create cosmetic problems or cause pain. However, if after brushing you notice itchiness of the skin which surrounds your mouth, it is highly likely that you are having an allergic reaction to the toothpaste. The itchiness can also affect your lips, tongue and the roof of your mouth. Although it might start as a slight annoyance, over time the condition can worsen and cause inflammation.
Cracking or dryness around your mouth
If you notice any cracking or dryness around your mouth, this could be a sign of a toothpaste allergy. This symptom is called cheilitis. If left untreated, this condition can lead to the formation of pus within the cracks around your mouth. Although this condition can be extremely unpleasant, it will generally clear up once you cease exposure to the allergen responsible.
Most people know that it is not a good idea to swallow toothpaste, but it is inevitable that a small amount will be swallowed and enter your stomach during brushing. If you are allergic to toothpaste, it is possible that this will cause you to experience an upset stomach, leading to vomiting, diarrhoea and nausea. This problem will quickly pass once you stop using the toothpaste which is causing the problem.
Sensitivity and swelling of your mouth
While there are a number of dental conditions which can cause sensitivity and swelling of the mouth, if you have a toothpaste allergy, you may notice that your gums become more sensitive and oral tissues such as your tongue and cheek lining may begin to swell. If these conditions suddenly begin when you try a new toothpaste, you should switch back to your old brand.
If you have any concerns about your dental health or possible allergies, you should book an appointment with a dentist who will be able to assess your oral health and refer you for any necessary treatment.
As a mum, I know how essential sport can be to children's development. Through team sports like soccer, kids learn persistence, sportsmanship and the value of supporting their team members. However, all that learning carries some risk as well, and a stray elbow or a ball to the face can result in oral injuries. I have been the mum rushing to the emergency room with a precious permanent tooth sitting in a cup of milk. Admittedly, at the time, I wasn't even sure if the cup of milk was the right solution. As a parent, you will face those situations, and I'm here to make sure you know what to do when they pop up. With this blog, let's explore children's dentistry and sports injuries together... I want you to have the info you need to stay cool, calm and collected, regardless of how many teeth are on the pitch.