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October 6, 2014

"Brushing" Your Allergies Away?

Almost everyone has some type of allergy. As a child, I remember being told by my doctor that we had to give away our family dog because I was allergic to all animals. It was devastating news and fortunately, my parents didn't follow the doctor's recommendations. However, I had to take allergy shots, which for a kid, was almost as bad as having allergies! I stopped taking the shots mostly because it was an inconvenience. Instead, I learned not to touch my face after I had touched an animal until I had scrubbed my hands, and I continue that practice to this day. Now, researchers are working to incorporate allergy treatments into something we all do on a routine basis in hopes to improve compliance and effectiveness......tooth brushing!

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Immunotherapy to treat allergies exposes patients to airborne substances that cause sneezing, coughing, and wheezing. This controlled exposure helps develop a greater immunity to the allergens. But, for the therapy to be effective, patients must continue treatment for four years without interruption. Adherence to this treatment for such a long time is difficult and thus, immunotherapy is ineffective.

Tooth brushing is something we all do on a daily basis. The foam from the paste covers not only the teeth but also the gums. The gums have the highest density of immune cells responsible for desensitization to common allergens. Now doctors are adding extracts of trees, grass, dust, mold, cats, dogs, and feathers to a toothpaste called Allerdent. Allerdent is custom-made for each patient dependent upon what allergies they have. It tastes and works the same as other toothpastes and even has fluoride. It's potential side effects include tingling and itching in the mouth.

Allerdent is still undergoing clinical trials and is currently only available for prescription in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Florida. At this time, Allerdent is only used to treat airborne allergies and not food allergies.

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