Believe it or not, there is gluten in toothpaste. You might not think this was a concern, but it is. Here is a closer look at the truth about the gluten content in the toothpaste that you may or may not use.
Is It a Major Problem?
The extent of the problem depends on your approach to being gluten-free. If you are following it as part of a lifestyle trend, then the minuscule amounts of gluten that are in your toothpaste won’t be a problem for you at all. If you have a legitimate allergy or sensitivity to gluten though, it can affect you in more ways than you realize. Celiac disease can make you feel sick, and the reaction can be severe enough that the side effects can stay with you for days.
What Can You Do?
You’ll also have to think about how much it can cost to get specifically gluten-free toothpaste. It might not be something you can feasibly fit into your grocery budget. Many toothpaste manufacturers are moving away from using gluten in their formulas. However, the lower end brands might still use them, so you need to be cautious about the brands that you rely on; then, the next time you visit your dentist, you should let them know that you have a gluten sensitivity. Some of the substances they use to help clean your teeth have gluten in them, which you may not know. Request gluten free options when they are cleaning your teeth so that the paste they use doesn’t make you sick.
How to Identify Gluten-Free Toothpaste
To find out if toothpaste is indeed gluten-free, you will need to read the list of ingredients. If you see cellulose gum instead of gluten, then you are safe. Generally, the gluten-free labeling is only applicable to food items, so you may think that it isn’t needed when it comes to toothpaste. Still, the best manufacturers will be upfront about their ingredients. If you are still unsure about this, then you can always talk to your dentist, who may have a better idea about how to select the right toothpaste for you.
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