In this post, I'll answer questions about whether triclosan is safe as an ingredient in toothpaste and how this affects you.
The newest studies show that triclosan alters hormone regulation in animals, might contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant germs and might harm the immune system.
Many of these studies are being challenged, however, for not using the same amount of triclosan in the study as humans are exposed to via toothpaste.
Beyond the research, recently surfaced documents are showing that the research that the FDA used to assess triclosan’s safety was actually paid for by Colgate. The FDA will now be re-evaluating the research on triclosan.
We do know that triclosan remains in your system long after you have brushed your teeth. About 75 percent of the United States population has triclosan present in their urine. It has also been found in breast milk and blood.
There are plenty of triclosan-free toothpaste options available; just check the ingredient list on the box.
Most toothpaste manufacturers list the ingredients on the box, not the tube, so you might have to head to the store to find out what’s actually in your toothpaste.
Until there’s a more definitive conclusion on the safety of triclosan, I’m not taking the risk and I recommend you don’t either.
Here’s why: the risk-reward ratio just doesn’t make sense. The purpose of triclosan is to help prevent gingivitis and cavities, but you can do this without a chemical with a proper brushing and flossing technique and regular dental checkups.
If you’re concerned about missing out on triclosan’s anti-gingivitis and anti-cavity properties, don’t be! You can prevent gum disease and cavities without chemicals:
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