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  • Writer's pictureDr. Pearl E. Whites

What are the Best Hypoallergenic Toothpastes?

How do I know if I have an allergy to toothpastes? What toothpastes are hypoallergenic meaning not likely to cause an allergic reaction. What is the best toothpaste to use if I think I am allergic?


How Hypoallergenic Toothpastes were Selected

We researched the ingredients of the 450 toothpastes sold in the USA market and by a process of elimination selected the toothpastes that are free from any known allergy-causing compounds that also have healthy pH values. We do not get paid by any brands to endorse these recommended products.

 

What Ingredients Am I Allergic to in Toothpaste?

Many who say they are allergic to toothpaste assume that fluoride is the cause of their allergy; however, fluoride allergies are extremely rare even among those who say they are allergic. The most common allergy to toothpastes actually stems from minty flavors--spearmint, peppermint, cinnamon.

Any other allergic sensitivities are considered rare but for the sake of this article, we eliminated any toothpastes that include the following ingredients known to cause allergies in toothpastes:

Flavoring Spearmint, peppermint, cinnamon; anethole, and carvone

Gluten Semblance Xantham or guar gum

Moisturizer Propylene glycol

Preservative Parabens

Foaming Agent Sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) or Cocamidopropyl betaine (CAPB)

Essential Oils Tree tea oil, Limolene, etc.

 

Best Hypoallergenic Toothpaste with NO fluoride

 

Best Hypoallergenic Toothpaste WITH fluoride

 

Best Hypoallergenic Toothpaste for Infants with NO Fluoride


 

Best Hypoallergenic Toothpaste for Kids with NO Fluoride


 

Best Hypoallergenic Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth (NO fluoride)

 

**10 Non-Minty Toothpastes

Since most toothpaste allergies are derived from mint flavorings only, we highly suggest one with fluoride. Adult and kid toothpastes have the exact amount of fluoride so do not think as an adult you are short-changing yourself by using a child's toothpaste. You can actually find many non-minty toothpastes in the kids' toothpaste section. Here is a list of great toothpastes for those that are allergic to just mint flavors:

Toothpaste

Fluoride

SLS (Foaming Agent)

Flavors

Y

Y

Bubblegum, Grape, or Watermelon

Y

N

​Fruity Bubble

Y

Y

Strawberry

Y

Y

Watermelon

Y

Y

Grape or Citrus

Y

N

Grape or Strawberry

Y

N

​Mango Sorbet, Peach Iced Tea, Coconut Whip, Red Velvet, Watermelon

Y

N

Caramel, Sour Apple, or Watermelon

Y

Y

Strawberry

Y

N

Watermelon

 

Manifestations of Toothpaste Allergy

After using toothpaste that you are allergic to, the symptoms usually including an itching or burning in the mouth. A classic allergic sign to toothpaste is when "angular chelitis" commonly forms, which is a sore that develops on the skin at the corners of the lips. Sometimes there is a discoloration or cracking of the lips. Annoying side effects normally stay localized and don't spread throughout the body. Switch your toothpaste and those symptoms should subside. You should have confidence of using any of these suggested toothpastes but please comment to this article if you end up getting a reaction from any of these recommended toothpastes.

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