Toothpaste Flavor Allergies: What You Need to Know
Sometimes your body overreacts to a usually harmless substance, such as food, medicine or flavoring, this means you might have an allergy to that substance. As the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America records, allergies are some of the most commonly occurring chronic conditions. While you may have heard about food allergies, pollen allergies or drug allergies often, you might not have heard about an allergy to a component in toothpaste all that much.
Toothpaste is a commonly used personal care product. According to the Academy of Periodontology, Americans spend an average of 38.5 total days brushing their teeth over a lifetime. It is used solely to improve dental health and prevent tooth decay. It is recorded that consumers spend an average of $5.2 billion dollars on oral hygiene annually. The main categories of substances used in the manufacturing of commercial toothpaste are abrasives, detergents, binding agents, humectants, preservatives, coloring agents, fluoride salts, antiseptics and flavorings. The toothpastes that are available to us today were developed in the 1800's and flavoring was one of the first ingredients to be added. Flavoring not only makes the toothpaste more enjoyable to use, but it also freshens breath which is a huge motivation for a majority of people to use toothpaste. This is to get rid of the foul early morning breath we are all familiar with.
The most common flavorings that are frequently responsible for toothpaste allergies are from cinnamon and mint. Because most toothpaste is flavored with a variant of either one of these two, it can be challenging to find toothpaste free of these flavors for those who have an allergy. Mint is the flavor more commonly used to flavor tooth paste due its strong flavor and lasting freshness effects.
In a person who is allergic to mint will show the following signs and symptoms when they eat something with mint or when their skin comes in contact with the plant.
- Mouth tingling or itching
- Swollen lips and tongue
- Swollen, itchy throat
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
An allergic reaction which elicits from mint touching the skin is called contact dermatitis. The skin will develop:
- itchiness, often severe
- tenderness or pain
- blisters that ooze clear fluid
SprinJene Natural Toothpaste
As the name suggests, SprinJene natural tooth paste is made entirely out of all natural ingredients, including the flavors. It incorporates mint and clove flavors to give great taste to their Adult Cavity Protection line. Alternatively Flavor free options are available too as well as fluoride free for those who have mint and fluoride allergies respectively.
You’ll love how fluoride strengthens your tooth enamel to prevent cracks and cavities. But SprinJene is about more than healthy teeth. It’s about using only natural ingredients, protecting animals, and following an eco-friendly, ethically responsible manufacturing process!
All SprinJene natural toothpastes are certified Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Gluten-Free, Kosher, Halal, and USDA Bio Preferred! No harmful ingredients are included, no animals suffer, and no religions or cultures are excluded from using our healthy toothpaste!
There is a kids range as well which also comes with an additional three delicious flavors and a fluoride free type for children under 2 years who are unable to spit and rinse. The flavors in the children’s range include:
- Apple mint
Patented Zinc and Black Seed Oil Formula!
SprinJene Natural Cavity Protection Toothpaste features a patented formula with zinc and black seed oil, along with “good for you” ingredients like coconut oil, birch tree xylitol, and acacia gum. This patented natural toothpaste formula can help to:
- Provide relief from dry mouth.
- Control the growth of tartar.
- Deliver long-lasting oral freshness.
- Fight gingivitis (gum disease).
- Reduce gum inflammation.
- SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate).SLS is a chemical surfactant irritant to some people and used to reduce surface tension between ingredients and thicken certain food products.
- Artificial preservatives and dyes.Unnatural chemicals used to make products last longer and look a certain color have been linked to multiple health issues, especially in children.
- Saccharin is an artificial sweetener with a bitter aftertaste and no nutritional benefit.
- Animal byproducts.No substances that come from animals are found in any SprinJene natural toothpaste or used in manufacturing.
Active ingredient: Sodium Monofluorophosphate (0.76%)
Inactive ingredients: Aqua, Xylitol, Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Precipitated Natural Calcium Carbonate, Zemea (1,3-Propanediol - made from Corn), Potassium Cocoate (made from Coconut Oil), Flavor, Zinc Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Acacia Gum, Black seed Oil (Nigella Sativa), Zinc Oxide, Citric Acid
- Certified Vegan Toothpaste
- Certified Cruelty-Free Toothpaste
- Certified Kosher Toothpaste
- Certified Halal Toothpaste
- Certified USDA Bio Preferred Toothpaste
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