Gluten-Free Toothpaste + Mouthwash
For those affected by gluten sensitivities, gluten-free personal care products may be necessary to keep symptoms at bay. Luckily our dental care products are formulated without gluten to provide you and your family with the safest oral care options.
What is gluten?
Gluten is a substance present in cereal grains, especially wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. A mixture of the two proteins, can causes illness in people with gluten allergies. A gluten allergy is the body’s inability to digest the gluten protein; and a gluten intolerance can range from mild sensitivity to celiac disease.
Why is gluten in toothpaste?
Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a bonding agent that holds ingredients together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods and products, even ones you wouldn't expect – like toothpaste.
Dr. Brite gluten-free toothpaste
It’s now easier than ever to maintain a gluten-free oral health routine with Dr. Brite toothpaste and mouthwash filled with natural and organic ingredients. Instead of using gluten as a binder or thickening agent in our dental care products, we use organic arrowroot powder so those suffering from gluten allergies can brush their teeth effectively without compromising their health.
Is gluten-free toothpaste worth it?
Even a minimal amount of toothpaste with gluten can trigger an immune response when it's absorbed through the soft tissues of the mouth or accidentally swallowed. This is especially critical for children with gluten allergies who may have difficulty spitting out toothpaste. If you do suffer from gluten intolerance, gluten-free toothpaste and mouthwash can certainly have a positive effect on your overall health.
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1. What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in grains including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten plays an important role in the structure of flour products and in giving them the desired texture. The proteins in gluten are very sticky, so they hold all of the ingredients in bread dough together, and trap the CO2 produced during fermentation, giving bread its desired texture.
2. What are the benefits of using gluten-free toothpaste and mouthwash?
People with sensitive teeth tend to suffer from pain and discomfort, not just while eating food that contains gluten, but in general. The reason for this is that the protein in gluten is a component of the tissue in the mouth and the body’s immune system sees it as an invader and attacks it. This causes inflammation and pain. People who are gluten sensitive should look for gluten-free toothpastes, mouthwashes and any products that will be used in the mouth. This is because gluten proteins are very sticky. If they come in contact with the gums and soft tissue of the mouth, they can cause problems. The same applies to people who have celiac disease. They should avoid gluten in any form, including mouth products.
3. What are the risks of gluten?
Gluten is a generic name for the proteins found in wheat and other grains. Gluten is known to cause problems in some people. It is not recommended for people with celiac disease and might cause problems in other susceptible people. If a person has gluten sensitivity, he/she also develops other minor allergic reactions such as rashes or inflammation to other food items. If you are sensitive to gluten, then you need to be careful about what you eat. You should always read the label of the food product that you are going to consume. If the product contains gluten, then don't buy it.
4. What is the difference between gluten-free toothpaste and mouthwash?
Fluoride is a mineral (a trace element) that gives resistance to cavities and protects teeth from breakdown. Fluoride is naturally present in water and even in plants, but not in sufficient amounts to fight cavities. Only human beings need fluoride. Fluoride is used in some mouthwashes and toothpastes, but it is not packaged with toothpaste. Mouthwashes with fluoride are used after brushing the teeth in order to improve the effect of the fluoride contained in the toothpaste. Some mouthwashes and toothpastes contain natural compounds, such as essential oils and extracts of plants, that have wound-healing and antibacterial effects, along with the fluoride.
5. Do gluten-free toothpaste and mouthwash contain fluoride?
Fluoride Free-toothpaste and mouthwash do contain fluoride but they are free of gluten. Fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash are good for oral hygiene and help prevent tooth decay. If you cannot tolerate gluten then you should stop using regular toothpaste and mouthwash, but soon you will find out that there is a wide variety of gluten free toothpaste available in the market.