Gluten Free Toothpaste

Why Gluten Free Toothpaste Matters for Celiacs

Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten consumption, affects millions worldwide. While gluten primarily impacts the digestive system, its presence in everyday products can lead to inadvertent exposure. Toothpaste, seemingly unrelated, can play a crucial role in this context. Here’s why:

Oral Absorption:

  • Mucous membranes in the mouth can absorb gluten particles from toothpaste.
  • Accidental ingestion during brushing can occur, especially in children.
Systemic Effects:
    • Even small amounts of gluten can trigger immune responses in celiacs.
    • Inflammation, nutrient malabsorption, and long-term complications may result.
    • Shared facilities or equipment during manufacturing can lead to cross-contamination.
    • Gluten may inadvertently find its way into toothpaste formulations.

    Ingredients to watch out for

    Binders and Stabilisers:

    Hydrolysed wheat protein, barley extract, or oat bran are common binders.
    Opt for toothpaste without these ingredients.

    Flavouring Agents:

    Mint, spearmint, and fruit flavors enhance user experience.
    Ensure they are gluten-free and sourced from reputable suppliers.


    Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and xanthan gum are used.
    Verify their gluten status.

    Disclaimer:  We state brands are Gluten Free when it is on the packaging or the brand's website - we do not assess the ingredients ourselves.  Brands can change formulations and mistakes can be made.  Before consuming or using, please always check the ingredients yourself first to be sure.

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