Toothpaste: Gluten free?

So I recently decided to change my toothpaste brand, so I thought that I would pass along the inquires that I made for the main three toothpaste companies (Crest, Aquafresh, and Cologate). I emailed them with the following three questions:

  1. I was wondering if your various toothpaste products contain gluten?
  2. Are they manufactured in a gluten free facility?
  3. Do you happen to have a list of your gluten free products?

Here are their responses:


“Thanks for contacting Crest.

None of our current Crest toothpaste versions, Crest Whitestrips versions, or Crest Night Effects contains gluten. In addition, none of the ingredients used in Glide dental floss contains gluten.

Although we do not directly add ingredients that contain gluten to Crest Pro-Health Rinse or to Crest Whitening Rinse, it's possible these products could contain trace amounts. We recommend you contact your doctor before using these rinse products if you have questions or concerns about gluten.

Stop by anytime.

Crest Team”


“Thank you for contacting us with your question. We appreciate the opportunity to provide information regarding grain derived ingredients in Colgate Palmolive products.

We do not intentionally add gluten to the following Colgate Palmolive products. However, we cannot guarantee that the ingredients used are not exposed to any glutens.

Colgate Toothpaste, all variants
Colgate Simply White Clear Whitening Gel, all variants
Fluorigard Rinse
Orabase Paste and Orabase Gel
Peroxyl Gel and Peroxyl Rinse
Phos-Flur Rinse
Platinum Toothpaste
Prevident Gel
Ultra brite Toothpaste, all variants
Viadent Rinse
Viadent Toothpaste

Sorbitol is an ingredient which can be grain derived and may be found in toothpastes. Our sorbitol is corn-derived.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact us. We hope this information is helpful.


Amy Pollock
Consumer Affairs Representative”


"We have received your e-mail and we are happy to respond to your question regarding Aquafresh® toothpaste and gluten.

Aquafresh® toothpaste is gluten-free.

We appreciate your taking the time to contact us.


GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare"


Sophie said...

Woah! I didn't know I had to check my toothpaste! Interesting...thanks for posting this :).

Brian Holmes said...

Yes, thanks for finding out about toothpastes.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post, it's really helpful

Anonymous said...

Another vote for this information being really helpful. I was just about to inquire about Aquafresh...

Debbie said...

Thanks so much. Every time I think I have it under control something flairs up. It's nice to have sites like this to help out!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for doing the leg work - I just found out that toothpaste might have gluten.

Anonymous said...

this is great! I work in the dental field and this was a great asset to find

Lansing Computer Repar said...

As I'm sure we all know, companies change their ingredients from time to time. Just because a few years ago a company claimed gluten free (or even NOT gluten free), things may change (for example, Bush's changed the ingredients of their canned products to use corn instead of wheat in May 2010).

Is anyone aware of any changes to these products in 2011? :)

Anonymous said...

I just checked the colgate website and it pretty much says the same thing. I'm still hesitant to use a product that says may come in contact with gluten...what toothpaste products are the best? Right now i buy mine at sprouts and it is labled gluten free.
I will be writing about some of this in my own blog at reviewdiets.webs.com

Jenna Schrock said...


Kinda hard to trace if a toothpaste is actually gluten-free or not. I guess the best thing to do is routinely check their ingredients and stuff, including the look of their toothpaste's packaging.

Anonymous said...

What about wheat? Some things can be gluten-free but not wheat-free.

Anonymous said...

Wheat is never gluten free. Even if the package says it is, it probably isn't. It's a little loophole in the packaging standards.

GFYVR said...

If something is labeled gluten free IT IS ALSO wheat free.

Gluten free labels require a product to be free of wheat, rye and barley (and oats if not grown and processed GF).

Wheat free labels only indicate the product is free of wheat.

Anonymous said...

I recently learned from Vicki Peterson, DC (YouTube channel) that the polish the dental hygienist uses on your teeth contains gluten. There is a gluten free version, but you must call ahead of time and request it... then make sure they are using it!

April Eden said...

Awesome-thanks so much for sharing!
Was going to start looking up ingredients and doing my own research but you already did! Cheers! Happy Easter!