Questionable use of Triclosan in Toothpaste
SUMMARY: Every day we use thousands of household products, but we do actually know what we are putting on our skin and into our mouths?
Posted: January 30, 2012Every day we use thousands of household products, but we do actually know what we are putting on our skin and into our mouths?
A recent article published on dailymail.co.uk once again questions the use of Triclosan in toothpastes and other household antibacterial products.
The article states that "The EU's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety has warned that triclosan may promote widespread bacterial resistance to antibiotics and has called for further safety studies."
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is still conducting tests on Triclosan and its side effects, but has at this time stated that they do not believe it is hazardous to our health.
Triclosan (a chemical) has been in use since 1972. However, it has been linked to "a range of adverse health and environmental effects, from skin irritation, allergy susceptibility, bacterial, endocrine disruption and compounded antibiotic resistance" according to beyondpesticides.org.
Triclosan is proven to help with preventing plaque and gum disease. The chemical does have antibacterial and antifungal properties. But is using it worth the potential risks?
Triclosan can also be found in deodorants, dish soap and shaving creams.
But fear not, there are many oral care products that don't contain Triclosan and are still proven effective in treating and preventing gingivitis (gum disease) and plaque.
So before you brush or use a mouthwash, just double check the ingredients. You can have a healthy smile and fresh breath without potentially risking your health. After all, you're taking care of yourself by brushing, flossing and using an oral rinse regularly. Why would you want to mess that up?