News Dispatch from RCDSO: Food Allergies and Dental Care
Although extremely rare, the incident has heightened public awareness. In response, the RCDSO released information about food allergies and their link to dental care in their Dispatch News.
Today, we’re crossposting that story on CDA Oasis.
The risks of lethal food allergies was recently highlighted in the media. A young girl with a severe dairy allergy died after using a toothpaste recommended by her dentist. Read the news article on the CNN website.
This was an extremely rare case of an anaphylactic reaction to MI Toothpaste, which contains Recaldent (casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate), incorporating a milk-derived protein. This story brought the dangerous consequences of food allergies and their link to dental care to public awareness.
Possible dental implications of food allergies
Food allergies reported by patients can have dental implications. For example, patients with allergies to certain foods, such as avocado, kiwi, pineapple and banana, have a greater risk of being allergic to latex as these foods contain the same proteins found in latex.
Some dental products like fluoride, prophy pastes, gum and sealant materials, may contain allergens, such as fruit flavouring, pine nuts, traces of peanuts, clove oil, gluten and milk protein.
What dentist should keep in mind
This story is a signal for all dentists to obtain a thorough medical history and to cautiously consider each of their patient’s positive answers about allergies, medications and existing medical conditions.
Dentists are reminded to:
Signs and symptoms suggestive of anaphylaxis are:
The College encourages dentists to familiarize yourselves with the Medical History Recordkeeping Guide and use the following resources while managing and treating their patients.
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