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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does allergy toothpaste work?
    The custom made toothpaste contains immunotherapy made from allergens. When you brush your teeth, the allergens attach to dendritic cells all over your mouth. To simplify the process, the dendritic cells present the allergens to your lymph nodes where your immune system starts to learn that these allergens are not harmful viruses or bacteria and stops reacting to them.
  • Does allergy toothpaste work as well as allergy drops or shots?
    Yes. In head to head research studies, allergy drops, shots, and toothpaste had similar efficacy. The main difference is that adherence to the protocol was much higher for the toothpaste (80%) vs. drops (62%). Allergy toothpaste tends to start working faster compared to drops and shots since there is no ramp up period. We can also include more allergens in the toothpaste which gives you better coverage than shots if you are allergic to many things. Each person is different and you may experience different results. Always consult a licensed healthcare professional.
  • Is allergy toothpaste safe?
    In several studies, no anaphylactic reactions or major systemic reactions were found. Epi-pens are not required for the allergy toothpaste, but it is recomended to have one on hand. Anti-histimines are recomended for the first few weeks of starting allergy toothpaste. Consult with a healthcare professional on your specific case, especially if you have a weakened immune system, or have a history of major, severe, or anaphylactic reactions to allergens.
  • How do you use the allergy toothpaste?
    Just brush your teeth normally, once per day, for a full 2 minutes with the prescription toothpaste. Only use the allergy toothpaste once per day.
  • Is allergy toothpaste FDA approved?
    No. The FDA has not evaluated allergy toothpaste dispensed by Allergy Butler. The allergens used in toothpaste have been FDA approved for injections and have been prepared to the highest standards in modern pharmaceutical grade manufacturing facilities. By mixing allergens into toothpaste, this is considered an off label use of the allergen extracts.
  • Does insurance cover allergy toothpaste?
    No. Since allergy toothpaste is an off label use of allergen extracts, insurance does not cover it. The cost of allergy toothpaste is lower for most people than their copays and deductibles for allergy shots. It's also cheaper than buying antihistimines, drops, and sinus rinses.
  • Do you need a prescription for the allergy toothpaste?
    Yes. An Allergy Butler provider with prescription writting authority will review your test results, medical record, clinic notes, safety considerations, and your health history before issuing a prescription. The cost for the physician is included in the cost of the allergy toothpaste.
  • How old do you have to be to use the toothpaste?
    Children as young as 18 months have successfully used the allergy toothpaste. Consult your healthcare provider for your specific case.
  • How much does the allergy toothpaste cost?
    $100/mo. There is only a 3 month commitment.
  • Why treat allergies with toothpaste?
    You already brush your teeth, so it's easy to remember to do it. The adherence to the immunotherapy protocol is significantly higher than sublingual drops or allergy shots. The toothpaste also gets better coverage to the dendritic cells all over your mouth.
  • How much does an allergy test cost?
    $150. This includes the test and a consultation with a licensed provider to review test results and treatment options.
  • How does the in home allergy test work?
    You will recieve a package with all the supplies and instructions. You will need to register your test kit at the website address in the test kit. You then prick your finger with the enclosed lancet and drop of few drops of blood on a card. After the card is dry, you place it in the prepaid return envelope and drop it in the mail.
  • What's the difference between an allergy blood test and an allergy skin test?
    There are pluses and minuses to each test. The allergy skin test tests for more allergens and the results are immediate. The downsides to a skin test is you have to be off of antihistimines for 5 days before the test. You also have to go to a doctor's office. The blood test is faster, more convenient, more comfortable, and easier. You can take the blood test with antihistimines in your system. The downside is that you have to mail it to a lab for processing which takes about a week for the results.
  • Does insurance cover allergy tests?
    Allergy Butler does not currently bill insurance. We pass the savings of insurance billing directly back to the patient.
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