Every handful of years a new dietary supplement or regimen will make its way onto the market and typically polarize masses. And while these diets can sometimes be just "fads" or mostly about the marketing, some of them can actually help people who may suffer from some specific type of ailment- in need of a diet like that particular one.
What your San Ramon CA Dentist will be discussing today is seemingly a combination of the two above factors...
Celiac disease and subsequent gluten-free lifestyles have become more popular subjects than ever before in the last few years. For those not knowing, Celiac disease is a condition that brings upon unbelievable digestive distress and bodily reactions due to the inability to digest gluten, found in wheat, rye, and barley. This condition only affects about 1% of the U.S. population, but many more than that have chosen to go the way of a gluten-free lifestyle because of an "intolerance" to these related foods, and the perceived benefits of not feasting upon them.
The jury is ultimately out still on if gluten-free lifestyles are actually "healthier" for people without Celiac disease, but one ruling is for sure: the marketplace has benefited from it. From gluten-free dog treats to ketchup to toothpaste, companies have made all the items they can in order to help those with an intolerance or Celiac disease. Or is it just to reap the financial benefits?
But does use of an item like gluten-free toothpaste make that much of a difference?
Well, looking at regular toothpaste versus gluten-free, only one factor really differs- and that is how the paste is thickened. In traditional toothpaste, grain based thickeners are utilized generally, where now cotton and new plant-based alternatives are being found just as effective. From one to the other you get a majority of the same mouth-cleaning ingredients, just a different base...and price tag.
From what your San Ramon CA Dentist has seen, read and heard- using a gluten-free toothpaste, UNLESS you have Celiac disease, should not make a difference. Of course every patient and their level of intolerance differs, but due to the toothpaste not necessarily being an ingested dietary item (at least on purpose), it should not impact your system negatively. So if you are following a gluten-free lifestyle for the whole-body-health benefits, you can save more per tube and get your mouth just as fresh by sticking with regular pastes.
For more information on this topic or to schedule an appointment with your San Ramon CA Dentist, please call our office today at (925) 804-6440.