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Gluten In Toothpaste

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I know that toothpaste can contain gluten, what ingredients should I look for, which would indicate that my toothpaste contains gluten?

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toothpaste is one of the hardones to know - it hides in natural flavors!

sensodyne and one other sensitive tooth toothepaste are the only two I know of that are a problem.

crest and colgate are all fine.

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All Crest flavors are gluten free. (to include Crest Whitening Strips - see :D )

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anyone know what these hidden flavors are?

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I use Aquafresh Extreme Clean Empowermint.... i've seen somewhere that Aquafresh is gluten free. Anyone know for sure? The ingredients don't look too scary....

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What about natural and/or organic toothpastes? Are there any that are specifically gluten free or NOT gluten-free?

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[O]ur raw materials suppliers could not guarantee that they are gluten-free.

It is beginning to seem to me that manufacturers are taking the easy way out by blaming the suppliers instead of demanding quality control or threatening to find a new supplier who can provide quality control. :angry:

We will be seeing more and more of this. Everybody is worried about lawsuits and everybody is wanting to avoid taking responsibility for the ingredients they buy from somebody else. They are not "blaming" suppliers, they are just making sure that they do not become responsible (legal liability) for someone else's mistake.

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I've never found a toothpaste that definitely has gluten. I won't use Oral B simply because they are uncooperative about all their products.

richard

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Sensodyne may have changed something, as - three years ago - they gave me a much more affirmative answer on the gluten. I agree that their current reply sounds like a CYA. (I don't have an email or anything, I called them.)

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What about natural and/or organic toothpastes? Are there any that are specifically gluten free or NOT gluten-free?

Here is a link I found with the gluten responses of assorted manufacturers. I've been using Tom's of Maine myself. Their response in April of last year is reported as follows:

"Only two of our products contain gluten: Natural Moisturizing Hand Soap liquids (Contains wheat protein) Natural Moisturizing Body Wash (Contains wheat protein) All other Tom's of Maine products are alcohol-free and do not contain casein or caseinate, MSG, wheat, oats, barley, rye, malt, spelt, kamut, HPP, or HVP. None of our flavor oils are grain-distilled. We do not use flour of any kind in our manufacturing process for conveyor belts or for any other purpose. Our containers are not dusted with flour before filling. We hope that this provides you with the information you need to make a healthy choice."

http://tinyurl.com/3czy89

Edit: forgive the messed up link in my original post. I can't get the link into the final post for some reason. It copies into my draft, but the final version shows something else, which isn't even a real link. I can't figure out what the problem is.

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I use Aquafresh Extreme Clean Empowermint.... i've seen somewhere that Aquafresh is gluten free. Anyone know for sure? The ingredients don't look too scary....

I called the company (GlaxoSmithKline) today about Sensodyne. They said to not use the Sensodyne because they cannot guarantee that it is gluten-free, but recommended the Aquafresh because they are all gluten-free. I hope this helps.

Morgan

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I believe I read some time back that Tom's of Maine toothpastes are gluten-free except the children's strawberry - they said the vinegar that was part of the flavoring might not be. This is my memory though - check with them to see for sure.

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Also Arm & Hammer Sensitive toothpaste is gluten-free, as confirmed by e-mail on 02/05/2008.

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Just be careful..to get back on my carrageenan kick here..lot's of toothepaste contain this too. That's why sadly I quit using Tom's Of Maine.

If you are still having digestive issues..check to see if your toothpaste..and/or other products contain this product.

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Just be careful..to get back on my carrageenan kick here..lot's of toothepaste contain this too. That's why sadly I quit using Tom's Of Maine.

If you are still having digestive issues..check to see if your toothpaste..and/or other products contain this product.

What is the problem with Carrageenan? I use Tom's every day and like the fact that they not only tell you what is in it but also what it is derived from. The Carrageenan says it is derived from seaweed. What is the issue with this, if you don't mind my asking?

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What is the problem with Carrageenan? I use Tom's every day and like the fact that they not only tell you what is in it but also what it is derived from. The Carrageenan says it is derived from seaweed. What is the issue with this, if you don't mind my asking?

Some forms of carrageenan are bad for the digestive tract and can cause ulcerations and cancers of the gastrointestinal tract...also overall disruption to the digestive tract. So even though there are different studies out there..I have decided to cut it from my diet as part of my elimination diet in figuring things out.

A lot of the almond milks, soy milks and rice milks contain it too. It's a thickening agent.

There was a time when our government didn't allow it. It's just a personal choice that I have made as I continue to eliminate things that I believe may be causing some of my problems and things I have decided to not take risk with. I trust what Dr Weil says on a lot of things. He has always been my period opinion after I look something up on the web. He also agrees to stay away from it.

Since cutting it out..mostly via my Silk Soymilk..I am seeing some improvement. Granted..it may be too because I have cut out the soy.

I just like to make people aware and they can make their own decisions.

Hope that helped.

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Some forms of carrageenan are bad for the digestive tract and can cause ulcerations and cancers of the gastrointestinal tract...also overall disruption to the digestive tract. So even though there are different studies out there..I have decided to cut it from my diet as part of my elimination diet in figuring things out.

A lot of the almond milks, soy milks and rice milks contain it too. It's a thickening agent.

There was a time when our government didn't allow it. It's just a personal choice that I have made as I continue to eliminate things that I believe may be causing some of my problems and things I have decided to not take risk with. I trust what Dr Weil says on a lot of things. He has always been my period opinion after I look something up on the web. He also agrees to stay away from it.

Since cutting it out..mostly via my Silk Soymilk..I am seeing some improvement. Granted..it may be too because I have cut out the soy.

I just like to make people aware and they can make their own decisions.

Hope that helped.

Thanks for the reply. Curiosity is my middle name. :) By the way soy was the last link for me. I hope eliminating it gives you the relief I got. I do find it just as hard to avoid as gluten though, actually at this point harder. It seems anything that doesn't have gluten has soy. :angry:

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Yes..amazing how many things have soy! When I tell people I am avoiding Gluten, Soy, Dairy, Sugar, etc..they only thing of the stuff directly. They think as long as you avoid 'soy' as a whole or 'corn' as a whole..you are fine. They don't realize how many things contain things derived from these items.

I treat it as a game on my own. What can I truly find that doesn't contain anything I am trying to stay away from.

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I believe that Aquafresh, Aim, Colgate & Crest are all gluten-free...

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[quote I do find it just as hard to avoid as gluten though, actually at this point harder. It seems anything that doesn't have gluten has soy. :angry:

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