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Toothpaste Allergy Symptoms

Updated on April 21, 2009

Many people may not be aware that they have a toothpaste allergy because they are not very common they can be hard to diagnose. Toothpaste contains such a wide variety of ingredients which also presents a problem trying to figure out just which one is posing the problem. Even herbal toothpaste can pose a risk because they contain herbs that many have not been exposed to. Toothpaste allergy symptoms can be mild to severe and in rare cases lead to anaphylactic shock and death.

Sometimes the most troublesome symptom is contact dermatitis, which may not be deadly but may make one want to suffer in hiding till their breakouts are gone. Contact dermatitis appears as a red itchy flaky rash around lips and chin. The rash can be hard to hide and leave one suffering and embarrassed to be in public.

If you think you are suffering from toothpaste allergy symptoms you may want to try switching toothpaste. You could also consider reducing the amount of toothpaste you use in the morning. Its also important to wash those areas of your face where toothpaste maybe left after brushing.

Toothpastes Allergy Related Death

The majority of the time toothpaste allergies result in minor symptoms and embarrassing rashes on the face. A couple from the UK however believe that their daughters death was the result of a sever allergic reaction to toothpaste. Though the coroners refused to say toothpaste was responsible the couple reported their daughter complained about allergy symptoms previously after brushing.

Toothpaste Allergy Death in UK

Who is Number #1

In the toothpaste wars the main combantants are Colagate and Crest, together they control roughly 60% of the toothpaste market. For many years Colgate has had a slim edge until recently when rival Crest nudged past them.

Glad Things Change

It was popular to clean your teeth with urine at one time.

Ground up bricks were an ingredient is some teeth cleaner.

Tooth powder was popular before toothpaste became the standard.


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      Gwendolyn hall 13 months ago

      My toothpaste make me cough

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      Derek 20 months ago

      I believe AIM toothpaste is giving me the hives. Breakouts occurring on my arms mostly, with soreness under my tongue & mouth feeling strange. I'm switching to a paste of baking soda & water for teeth brushing to see if it stops. It starts like mosquito bites but when they expand & spread , it is obviously hives. Itchy & they disappear after using Benadryl & calamine lotion. 3 days of this now , after opening & using brand new tube of AIM.

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      Rob 2 years ago

      had bad reaction to the toothpast

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      Mike 2 years ago

      It could be from the toothpaste. I just started using Aim, gel mint about the same time this started again. So I bought Pepsodent and will start using it today. However when I went to compare Inactive Ingredients label I found they were identical except to two items.

      blue 1, yellow 10

      Even the same company Church & Dwight Co. Inc. 800-786-5135

      As soon as I changed to a new toothpaste it stopped getting worse; the swollen upper lip, chapped lips and clogged nasals. After a three days I was back to normal. So it is 100% for sure the culprit.


      Aim: AIM CAVITY PROTECTION MULTI BENEFIT (sodium fluoride) ultra mint gel, dentifrice [Church & Dwight Co., Inc.]

      Inactive Ingredients: Sorbitol, water, hydrated silica, PEG-8, sodium lauryl sulfate, SD alcohol 38-B, flavor, cellulose gum, sodium saccharin, blue 1, yellow 10

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      Lesley 3 years ago

      Does anyone know of toothpaste inducing/causing postnasal drip and associated cough?

      The above was diagnosed approx 5 years ago and I have been using daily nasal sprays ever since with little improvement. Recently nursed my mom for 1/52 and after her death realised my cough had gone. I am now wondering if using different toothpaste whilst at her home 'removed' the cough. It has returned since my return to my home and using my usual toothpaste.

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      Mandy Calnan 3 years ago

      I had toothpaste allergies for years since trying ma tartar control tooth paste formula. I now only use colgate great regular flavor! I have not had a problem with swollen gums after use!

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      Kay 4 years ago

      I've been having numb lips and tongue, very dry mouth for quite a while now, I use crest wondering if this may be the cause of the this problem and the layer of skin in my mouth is peeled off. What would be a good alternative toothpaste to try...I'm totally tired of doesn't even taste good anymore.

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      dd 4 years ago

      I have been suffering with chapped/peeling lower lip, plus red burning and peeling chin for about three months. I have tried EVERYTHING to cure this, and have eliminated all my lipsticks and mouthwash. I also went to my doctor who said it was contact dermatitis and gave me a topical. Still, no improvement. Finally, last week I went to my dentist and she insisted it was my toothpaste. I didn't think it was possible, because it was "Arm and Hammer". So, I finally wised up and decided to listen to my dentist. It was like an epiphany. I didn't realize my Arm and Hammer toothpaste was "whitening with peroxide" (which I've never used before).

      My advice is to LISTEN to your doctor and dentist! I feel like a complete moron, but am so thankful for my dentist. I am switching to an all natural toothpaste, like my son uses (health food stores carry these).

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      esterg 4 years ago

      I had problems with 2 different Crest toothpastes -- very basic old style ones: irritated dark red gums with little white bumps. No problems with old style Colgate, but i just switched to Aim (cheaper) and woke up with irritated dark red gums again. Back to Colgate or maybe Tom's.

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      laura 4 years ago

      I used colgate total whitening toothpaste for three weeks by mistake as I was aware of being allergic to any whitening agent before realizing how bad my mouth was both sides of my tongue was feeling parched, inside my lower cheeks felt raw and burnt and my gums had a burning feeling, it's been two months since using any toothpaste as everything seemed to be flaring my symptoms and I am still healing from this, everything is less flared but still there, has anyone else gone through this and is still healing like I am or is there something I can be taking to help this process

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      Gash 4 years ago

      I loved my ProNamel Sensodyne toothpaste. Loved it... Must have used for about 5 years... then over a year ago my hands started having "hot spots in skin" - like a cigarette burn. Went to the Dr. - no help. Went to many health food stores - they had never heard of that symptom. After one year it started in my feet. At that point I knew I was in serious trouble. Ran out of toothpaste - and I've tried everything, food, creams, etc... and I thought - What if I quit for a week? So I stopped using the product, went to baking soda for toothpaste and the pain stopped 50% in one day. 2nd day - 90% gone. 5 days out - 100%. I am so grateful, everyday I can't believe the pain is gone. I am so happy. Unbelievable - pain caused by toothpaste.

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      Ceri 4 years ago

      What toothpaste is safer to use if you are allergic to Colgate?

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      Kimberly 5 years ago

      I have really bad reactions to toothpaste. I also get the same reaction when I use mouthwash or mouthwash spray and even when I chew any kind of gum with mint in it. I am also expertienceing the same reactions to cinnamon candy and anything minty. Why is this? I get to the point I have trouble breathing, can't get any air and have to take breathing treatments to get any relief. Had to call the squad last time it happened.

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      Elizabeth 5 years ago

      i have been getting chest pains for over a year and awful weazing feeling. doctors thought it was acid reflux as I have a hiatus hernia but just noticed it's happening when I brush my teeth. I am using Oral B 123 but have used several others and they do the same. Can anyone suggest a toothpaste I can use as I'm getting really worried.

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      karen 5 years ago

      i have been using arm and hammer triple whitening and have since had contact dermatitus over boht lips so painful and constant burning feeling where any creams or balms just make it worse

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      Laura 5 years ago

      I just started using Aquafresh Extreme Clean Fluoride Toothpaste With Micro-Active Formula Monday gone (19th Nov) and my tongue got a pimple on it thought nothing of it as these things happen then another appeared and now i have four with the first two disappeared. my tongue whole tongue feels like its been Burt everything i eat hurts. And my skin has broken out in mass amount of spots i get the odd one now and again but not like this. I think im going to have to to back to basic colgate.

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      CathHills 5 years ago

      For years i suffered from dry cracked lips and swollen gums, and just accepted that this was me however i stopped using Colgate toothpaste and the symptoms disappeared.

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      Traci 5 years ago

      I too had several problems to tooth whitening toothpastes. A few years ago I was using UltraBrite and developed horrible chapped lips. After a few weeks it looked like servere burns in the corners of my mouth. I went to the doctor several times and they just told me to use chapstick or aquaphor. I figured it out on my own and stopped using the toothpaste. Finally they cleared up.

      Now just recently I purchased Colgate Optic White for my son and husband and after seeing what great result they were having I figured I'd give it a shot. I almost immediately began with symptoms of a sore throat (never thinking it was the toothpaste because I was only afraid of chapped lips at that point) after two weeks I thought for sure I had strep throat and got an antibiotic from my doctor. That still didn't clear it up and now I had huge sores and redness on my throat and my tongue developed a thick white layer of "something" on it (gross!). I thought now I have thrush from the antibiotic! Suddenly I's the toothpaste!! I stopped using it and within 36 hours I began feeling better and the sores reduced greatly.

      Never again with the whitening toothpaste!!

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      Jerry 5 years ago

      I am a physician, and I have discovered that the new Colgate Toothpaste products cause a lot of health problems, which may include; nasal congestion, asthma like symptoms, facial and peri-oral rashes and severe dry mouth. I have also personally experienced some of the above symptoms, which resolved after I stopped using colgate. I feel most other products contain similar ingredient. I wish they come up with a hypoallergenic product that you can trust.

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      6 years ago

      I too used crest and made me breakout all around mouth...I started another paste and went is happening again..ugh!

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      johnny 6 years ago

      Colgate has been giving me almost a lump like feeling in my throat every time I use it in the morning (effing lactose). It has taken me forever to pinpoint what was causing this but for the last few days I have noticed I wake up feeling fine and instantly after I use Colgate in the morning I start feeling the mucusy lump like feeling again. What a piece of shit product! I had a hunch and googled toothpaste allergens and this came up. Thank you thank you thank you. Time to switch toothpastes.

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      Sharon 6 years ago

      My lips are all swollen again this morning after using Arm & Hammer Toothpaste last night before bed. Had been using Pepsodent, because had been having lip swelling and mouth irritations, done with Arm & Hammer. Some of the others had been giving me red corners of the mouth after using also. Trying to find the most plain basic old fashioned tooth paste without whiteners, brightners etc. Even the dentist didn't suggest a toothpaste allergy, but why else is this happening?

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      oktech05 6 years ago

      My lips swell after brushing... I have been wondering if it could be my toothpaste. I use crest pro health....

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      Romelle 6 years ago

      About a month or two ago one side of my neck started swelling and I couldn't figure out why. It went away after an hour or so, but came back a few times. Last night it was even worse, and my whole throat went dry, even though I had just eaten a piece of watermelon, and had plenty of water.

      I thought it might be anxiety, but I was also thinking It could be an allergic reaction to something. The only new thing I could have taken must be this Sensodyne Pronamel toothpaste I bought. I'm not sure if it's what's causing my symptoms but cause I plan on switching back to some regular toothpaste and see if my symptoms come back.

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      Michele 6 years ago

      has anyone used Aim? Ever since using it I've had the runs, for two months. No doctor could ever figure out what was wrong with me. I've been to four different hospitals and no one knows what's going on but it all started when I started using Aim

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      Eze Adez 6 years ago

      omgod i used COLGATE MAXIMUM CAVITY PROTECTION AND i got nasty skin inflammation right underneath my lower lip. the skin is flaky and looks like its peeling off. and leaves a redish painful skin there. and i have spots/pimples on my chin I AM DONE WITH ALL COLGATE BRANDS. SWITCHING TO CREST FOR NOW

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      June 6 years ago

      I am just glad to find out that I am not crazy. I started having problems with the whiting tooth paste but now all of them seem to hurt. I was afaid I might have gotten something at the Denist office since I have had a lot of work done lately.

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      Robert 6 years ago

      I too used Colgate Total. It made the skin of lips peel off and made my mouth very dry. My teeth feel funny also. I have less saliva in my mouth than I used to have. After a few hours I have a bad taste in my mouth.

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      Mopsy 6 years ago

      I notice that as soon as I brush my teeth my nose gets plugged up. It happens every night before I go to bed and I don't do anything different other than brush my teeth.

      It is very difficult to get to sleep with a plugged nose. i truly think I am allergic or at least have a sensativity.

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      Caron 6 years ago

      I get contact dermatitis pretty bad on my chin from every toothpaste I have tried so far. I didn't know why I was "breaking out" on my chin so badly until my mother tols me that both she and my sister had the same symptom and were diagnosed with toothpaste allergy. They are now fine but I can't find one that doesn't give me this allergic reaction.

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      Sherrie 6 years ago

      OMGoodness! Laura! I have the same reaction, and as of ten minutes ago realized that it wasn't my perfume, or my dog, or anything else. It's my Colgate toothpaste, and my reaction is now immediate. I have terrible coughing and start wheezing. It's awful! But, at least I now know it's the toothpaste. Now I need to find out what ingredient is doing it to me.

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      mims 6 years ago

      I get bad ulcers with whitening toothpaste so bad i cant swallow

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      Lils 6 years ago

      Give Biotene dry mouth toothpaste s go. It doesn't cause me any problems, unlike Colgate.

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      bukky 6 years ago

      i have found out that every time i brush my teeth with tooth paste, it leaves my mouth very dry at first and then the whitish stuff on my tongue peels off and leave my tongue shining. i have tried several toothpaste and the result remains the same. does anyone know what i can try?? response is much appreciated.

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      6 years ago

      No wonder I keep having reactions to my toothpaste, it indeed does contain lactose, which I am allergic to. That should have a warning on the package-- it's not safe like that.

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      Sarah 7 years ago

      Something you may find interesting regarding the toothpaste issue that you have mentioned above is that some (but not all) colgate toothpastes have lactose in them which is a dairy derivative. Apparently those with "whitening" and those with "Mouthwash Beads" both contain lactose which is an allergen.

      Regarding toothpaste and washing powder. Try this test. Go with something known to be allergen free in terms of washing powder such as Fairy which is Allergy UK certified ( to limit the potential of a reaction. You may be allergic to the chemicals used in the other detergents or to the perfume used in it.

      I would recommend that you get allergy tested by your doctor, as them to check dairy, perfume derivatives and also latex.

      If you need the puffiness to go down quickly when you have a reaction rather than swallowing the tablets (so long as they aren't plastic coated - pop them under your tongue and let them dissolve there - it tastes horrible but the chemicals from the tablets go into your system quicker as your stomach doesn't have to wait to digest them.

      I hope that all helps!

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      katrina 7 years ago

      Several different toothpastes, especially sensodyne, give me a very sore throat for several days after using it. Feels like a cold coming on , but then gradually goes away

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      Laura 7 years ago

      I have found that using Colgate Total triggers a respiratory reaction right after using - feels like it might be asthma - although I don't have asthma. It's taken me a few months to figure what morning routine item was causing it, but it's definitely colgate total. Too bad, because I liked it otherwise. Didn't happen right away, that I noticed but it's gotten worse - so no more colgate total.

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      Michael 7 years ago

      I believe that Colgate Palmolive products contain ingredients that are making me break out in hives. I recently bought Colgate whitening toothpaste and Suavitel fabric softener in liquid and sheet format. Once I stopped using both products the hives stopped. Well, I brushed my teeth with the toothpaste today and used the fabric sheets in the dryer. My mouth is now puffy with hives and my entire body is covered in hives because I dried my bed sheets and pillow cases with the softener sheets. I will stop using both again and see what happens. I had to rewash the bed sheets and have now taken two Benedryl to help calm the spread. It sucks because I look like I've been bitten by millions of Mosquitos.

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      Katelyn 7 years ago

      I think i am allergic to Colgate and Aquafresh toothpaste.

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      tracy99 8 years ago

      I've always used Colgate Total - now found that the ingredient Copolymer in Colgate Total has caused an allergic reaction. I've also found it in deodorant, contact lenses & hair dye. Maybe because it's used in more products now or just a build up of use (used it for 12years). These additives have not been studied for long term use so it's probably going to get more common because they have sensitising properties.

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      Melody Lagrimas 9 years ago from Philippines

      Nice hub, haven't known of anyone having allergies to toothpaste yet. Thanks for sharing this.


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