Gluten-Free Toothpaste Brands

Toothpaste for People With Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity

If you have a gluten allergy or sensitivity, you need to be careful about everything you put in your mouth—including toothpaste. Fortunately, there's an abundance of gluten-free toothpaste options available. In fact, the odds are good that you're using one right now.

Many popular manufacturers have made all of their toothpastes gluten-free, which means that gluten accounts for less than 20 parts per million (ppm) in their products. While it's wise to double-check labels when shopping, you may not have to look all that hard for a safe product. In addition to ensuring that toothpaste is safe for those with celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or other gluten-related issues, companies have made other oral care products such as mouthwashes gluten-free.

This article provides a list of popular gluten-free toothpaste on the market, as well as information about other oral hygiene products.

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Gluten-Free Toothpastes and Oral Hygiene Products

Here's a rundown of major toothpaste manufacturers, their statements on gluten in their toothpastes, and their gluten-free products.

Arm & Hammer Toothpaste

Arm & Hammer offers a variety of toothpaste products that focus on essential care, teeth whitening, and gum health. The company verifies that its toothpaste products are gluten-free.

Aquafresh Toothpaste

Aquafresh adult and kids' toothpaste plus whitening trays do not contain gluten, according to the company.

Biotène Toothpaste

Biotène makes products for managing dry mouth, a symptom of Sjögren's syndrome (which is linked with celiac disease). In addition to special toothpaste formulas, Biotène produces moisturizing gel, lozenges, moisturizing spray, and oral rinses that help you manage dry mouth. Biotène says all its products are gluten-free.

Crest Toothpaste

Crest, a Procter & Gamble company, says its toothpaste products are currently gluten-free. The whitening strips and emulsions are also gluten-free.

Regarding its mouthwash, the company says that Crest Pro-Health Rinse doesn't add any ingredients that contain gluten, but it's possible that it could have small trace amounts in it.

Colgate Toothpaste

Colgate also says it doesn't intentionally add any gluten to its oral hygiene products, but the company can't guarantee that ingredients haven't come in contact with gluten.

However, the following Colgate products are accepted as gluten-free:

  • Toothpaste: Colgate, PreviDent, and Ultrabrite
  • Mouthwashes and rinses: Colgate Optic White Mouthwash, Colgate Total Mouthwash, Colgate Total Advanced ProShield Mouthwash, Periogard Rinse, Peroxyl Oral Cleanser (all varieties), and PhosFlur (all flavors, including Grape, Mint, and Bubblegum)
  • Other products: Colgate Optic White Toothbrush with Built-In Whitening Pen, and Colgate Toothbrush with Built-In Sensitive Enamel Health Relief Pen

Desert Essence Toothpaste

Desert Essence makes toothpaste products with tea tree oil (a natural antiseptic) and baking soda.

The company says all seven of its toothpaste flavors—including Ginger, Fennel, and Cinnamint—are gluten-free.

In addition to toothpaste, Desert Essence produces dental tape (floss), a variety of mouthwashes, and moisturizing sprays that are all gluten-free.

Orajel Baby and Toddler Toothpaste

Orajel produces a variety of products for babies and children that are free from gluten. These include:

  • Cooling gel for teething
  • Colling Swabs for teething
  • Cooling tablets for teething
  • Tooth and gum cleanser
  • Training toothpaste
  • Anticavity fluoride toothpaste

Sensodyne Toothpaste

Sensodyne doesn't use gluten ingredients in any of its products. However, like other companies, it cannot guarantee that no trace amounts of gluten are in materials that are produced elsewhere and added to its line of toothpastes.

Tanner's Tasty Paste 

This small company, founded by a pediatric dentist, makes three toothpaste flavors aimed at children:

  • Cha-Cha Chocolate
  • Vanilla Bling
  • Baby Bling (vanilla ice cream-flavored)

All three are gluten-free.

Tom's of Maine

Tom's of Maine manufactures a wide variety of personal care products that are free of preservatives and use all-natural ingredients. All of its oral care products are gluten-free. These include:

  • Activated charcoal toothpaste
  • Fluoride-free toothpaste
  • Children's toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Antiplaque floss
  • Toddler Training Toothpaste

Summary

Many manufacturers avoid adding gluten to toothpastes, mouthwash, dental floss, and other oral products. Unfortunately, it's not always possible to guarantee that the ingredients used didn't come into contact with gluten. Thus, it's important to read labels carefully. Even products that are "gluten-free" may contain extremely tiny amounts of gluten. The level allowed for this label, though, is safe for those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does toothpaste have gluten in it?

    It can. Gluten is often used as a thickening agent. Some brands rely on gluten to thicken toothpaste. Some may include sorbitol, which can be derived from grain, or natural flavorings that contain malt. Carefully read product labels to make sure your toothpaste is gluten-free.

  • How do I know if my toothpaste is gluten free?

    Gluten-free products are usually labeled as such. If you're not sure, check that the toothpaste doesn't have wheat, barley, malt, rye, oat, sorbitol, or alternative names for gluten sources amongst its ingredients. The product label should also specify if the toothpaste was manufactured in a facility that also processes gluten products.

  • Do people with celiac have to use gluten-free shampoo?

    While any shampoo should theoretically be OK since it's intended to be used on the head, it's possible that suds may run down your face or that you may touch your mouth after washing your hair. Because of this, you may want to play it safe and only use a gluten-free shampoo.

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