After the skin reactions my daughter and I had to body products that contained gluten (rashes and hives), my mind began to spiral out of control. I started to analyze every single thing I was using, touching, or thinking about using or touching (you get the picture).
As I delved deeper into the cosmetics industry and lack of regulation on clear labeling of allergens, I began researching where hidden gluten could be waiting to ambush our bodies. Whether you were diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance last week or many years ago, it's so important to think about and question the brands and products we're using. I was diagnosed in 2005 (back when the cardboard box tasted better that the gluten-free food inside of it) and I'm still learning.
So here's my latest worry: Is there gluten in toothpaste? Part of our daily routine is (hopefully) brushing our teeth twice a day. I will admit there was a time when my kids were babies that I might not have brushed my teeth or showered for several days. But that doesn't count. So here we all are, brushing our teeth, tongues, swishing the toothpaste around in our mouths. Have I been glutening myself and my daughter (she was diagnosed in 2012)?
I'm very happy to report that while hidden gluten in cosmetics (ie shampoo, body lotion, etc) is common, there are many gluten-free toothpaste brands out there. After worry #1 was assuaged, I wondered if the labeling of "gluten-free toothpaste" was like the labels I've seen on "gluten-free water". Is it necessary? Is gluten used in any toothpaste brands? What about cross contamination? There definitely has been enough inquiries for companies to answer these questions.
I checked out both mainstream and organic toothpaste brands. Read on for what I found on the manufacture's websites. Please remember, always double check ingredient labels and when in doubt contact the company. At the time of this article, these toothpastes had clear information on whether gluten was in their products.
PS - Don't forget to floss.
Is Crest Toothpaste Gluten-Free?
Based on my research, a lot of people are asking and searching for an answer to this question. From the Crest website, "Crest/Oral-B toothpaste does not contain gluten or wheat, and our oral care plants to not process any gluten products."
From Manufacture website: "We can confirm that Sensodyne® products do not contain gluten as a direct ingredient. However, we cannot exclude the presence of trace amounts of gluten in these products as a result of third party manufacturing process because GSK Consumer Healthcare does not test the final products for gluten."
From Customer Svc Chat: "All of Colgate's oral care products are gluten-free as defined by the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA). Colgate ensures all ingredients used within our formulas are not derived from gluten sources and that there is no cross-contamination of our ingredients or products with sources of gluten at our suppliers' or at our own manufacturing facilities. Colgate is committed to its long history of maintaining our high standards for safety, quality and efficacy for all of our products."
From Manufacture website: "hello products do not contain any sources of gluten, and we are in the process of becoming fully certified to confirm no traces of gluten are found in our manufacturing facilities."
Effects of Undiagnosed Celiac Disease on Teeth in Children and Adults
Did you know that undiagnosed celiac disease damages not only our gut's intestinal villi, but our teeth as well? Symptoms in children include delay of teeth coming in (dental eruption), enamel defects (ie ridges) and discoloration. Adult symptoms include dry mouth and canker sores. Learn more on celiac disease and dental health from the American Dental Association here.
From Manufacture website: "Our products in general should be gluten free, and all of our raw material should also be gluten-free as there is no cross contamination with them either. However we have not tested our products for this."