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   Posted 8/29/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering what exactly are the symptoms of fluoride allergy/sensitivity and how you'd get diagnosed with it. Or if there are other things in toothpaste that can cause issues

I have issues with fluoridated & non-fluoridated toothpastes (and natural/organic toothpastes) making the opening of my throat feel like its closing up. Not using toothpaste to brush my teeth has been the only thing that helps. Been using Listerine mouthwash when I brush, and the dentist says my teeth look good.

I do have a tendency to be very sensitive to a lot of different chemicals.

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   Posted 8/30/2009 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
If you have issues with toothpaste, you can try using just baking soda and then the Listerine or Act. The baking soda has been used for years and years before they even invented toothpaste. I am sensitive to toothpaste as well but I get a rash around my mouth when I use too much flouride products.

You can always go see an allergist to be sure if you do indeed have an allergy but to me it sounds like you already know you do. My daughter has bad allergic reactions to shell fish so we took her in for testing and her blood test for the shell fish came out normal. The allergist said that because she breaks out in hives, go with that instead of relying on a test that can be faulty. So if you know that you're allergic to toothpastes then go with the gut feeling.
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   Posted 9/6/2009 6:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Baking soda often is derived from corn. If you are highly sensitive or very allergic to corn or have sulfite sensitivity, then that may explain your reaction to baking soda.

An alternative is diluted food grade hydrogen peroxide (stronger than the hydrogen peroxide you get in the drug store). I don't know the proportions, but my Mom uses it instead of toothpaste or baking soda.

Another alternative is plain chicle - the original chewing gum base. It is good for the teeth & gums. You can get unflavored chicle from (I'm a satisfied customer with no financial connections with the company)
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