How many of you know have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity and understand the importance of using a gluten free toothpaste? It’s one of those areas that’s not talked about a lot, and after a recent discussion on social media about oral health and celiac disease I decided to write up a gluten free toothpaste list as a helpful resource. There is also a helpful resource from Celiac Disease Foundation about oral products and dental materials which is a must-read before going to the dentist.
Why you need a gluten free toothpaste
Gluten is used as a binder, thickening agent and stabilizer in toothpaste, and most people ingest some toothpaste every time they brush their teeth even when careful not to swallow it. This is a problem for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity because it can trigger an immune response and damage the small intestine.
Gluten Free Toothpaste List
According to manufacturer’s websites, the following list of toothpastes are gluten free. Ingredients change, so it is always best to contact the manufacturer or look on their website to double check that they are still gluten free.
- Aquafresh toothpastes and whitening trays do not contain gluten, however the company states this on their website: “Aquafresh® toothpastes do not contain gluten as a direct ingredient. However, the presence of trace levels of gluten in these products for manufacturing processes cannot be excluded.”
- Crest toothpastes. Be careful with the mouthwash Crest Pro-Health Rinse, as the Crest website states, “Crest Pro-Health Rinse does not directly add any ingredients that contain gluten, though it is possible that it may contain trace amounts.”
- Colgate – All Colgate, PreviDent and Ultrabrite toothpastes, as well as all Colgate mouthwashes and rinses.
- Desert Essence toothpastes, rinses and mouthwash are naturally gluten free and fluoride free.
- Jason Toothpastes (adult and kids only lines) do not contain gluten and are kosher certified according to their website.
- Orajel baby and Orajel toddler training toothpaste are both gluten-free.
- Sensodyne products do not contain gluten as a direct ingredient, but according to their website “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.”
- Tom’s of Maine – All of the products manufactured by Tom’s of Maine, including all toothpastes and oral care products, are gluten free according to their website.
Do you know of other gluten free toothpastes? If so, please leave them in the comments below and I’ll check out the manufacturer websites and add them to the list.