Is your Toothpaste Gluten Free?

Gluten in Toothpaste

Are you kidding me?  I have to worry about gluten in my toothpaste!  Why the heck would gluten be in my toothpaste?!

These were my exact thoughts when I learned about the potential for gluten in my toothpaste.  Had it not been enough that I overhauled my entire pantry?  But, the truth is – No, it was NOT enough.  When you are a person who has celiac, you have to be conscious of everything that enters your mouth – even toothpaste.

I never considered brushing my teeth as a possible place to get “glutened”.   Because when you brush your teeth, you aren’t thinking about ingesting the toothpaste the same way you would ingest your food.

I was new to being a celiac, and toothpaste slipped pass my consideration for gluten.  Toothpaste is a place of hidden gluten, but not all brands of toothpaste contain gluten.

Here is a list of Toothpaste Brands that are Gluten Free with their manufactures statements that I found on

Gluten-Free Toothpaste List, By Manufacturer

Here’s a rundown of major toothpaste manufacturers, their statements on gluten in toothpaste, and their gluten-free products:

  • Arm & Hammer toothpaste. Arm & Hammer verifies that its toothpaste products are gluten-free.
  • Aquafresh toothpaste. Aquafresh products, which include adult and kids’ toothpastes plus whitening trays, do not contain gluten, according to the company.
  • Biotène toothpaste. Biotène makes products designed to help manage the symptoms of dry mouth, a common problem in Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune condition linked with celiac disease . Biotène states that all of its products are gluten-free (and sugar-free).
  • Crest toothpaste. Crest, a Procter & Gamble company, states that all of its toothpaste products are currently gluten-free. However, if you’re looking for a gluten-free mouthwash, the company states that “Crest Pro-Health Rinse does not directly add any ingredients that contain gluten, though it is possible that it may contain trace amounts.”

  • Colgate toothpaste. Colgate states that all its Colgate, PreviDent and Ultrabrite toothpastes are gluten-free. In addition, all Colgate mouthwashes and rinses, including 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) are considered gluten-free, as are 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, which makes toothpaste products with tea tree oil (a natural antiseptic) and baking soda, states that all of its toothpaste flavors are gluten-free. The company offers seven toothpastes (in intriguing flavors like Ginger, Fennel, and Cinnamint) plus four different gluten-free mouthwashes.
  • Orajel baby and toddler toothpaste. Orajel states on its website that its baby and toddler toothpaste formulas are gluten-free.
  • Oral B Stages kids’ toothpaste. Oral B states that there are no gluten ingredients used in its popular character-themed kids’ toothpastes but won’t say the products are gluten-free. Here’s the company’s statement: “There is no gluten used in the formulations, nor on the equipment used to produce any Oral B Stages toothpaste product.”
  • Sensodyne toothpaste. Sensodyne states that its Pronamel line of toothpastes is gluten-free. The company doesn’t use gluten ingredients in any of its other toothpastes but says its raw materials suppliers cannot guarantee there’s no gluten contamination in them.
  • Tanner’s Tasty Paste. This small company, founded by a pediatric dentist, makes three toothpaste flavors aimed at children: Cha-Cha Chocolate, Vanilla Bling, and Baby Bling (vanilla ice cream-flavored). All three are gluten-free and sweetened with xylitol, a sugar alcohol. They do not contain artificial flavors or colors, nor do they contain sodium lauryl sulfate.

  • Tom’s of Maine. Tom’s of Maine states that its toothpaste products (and most other products) are gluten-free.
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