Last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) effectively banned the antibacterial chemical triclosan from soaps. But you can still find it in toothpaste because certain brands like Colgate Total are convinced the benefits outweigh the risks.
Even though triclosan was registered as a pesticide by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1969, personal care companies have continued to use the antibacterial composite because it can help slow or stop the growth of bacteria (e.g. prevents plaque and gingivitis).
But studies show that even low levels of absorption can disrupt the development of reproductive systems and metabolism. And last week's decision by the FDA to ban triclosan in soaps came after experts pressed the agency to regulate antimicrobial chemicals. They warn that triclosan can contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria and may interfere with hormone functions.
We don't believe in putting you and your family's health at risk. That's why Dr. Brite's toothpaste is all-natural, organic, nontoxic and triclosan-free. You can still achieve optimal oral health by brushing your teeth twice a day (without antimicrobial chemicals), flossing and rinsing after meals.
This topic was further discussed on The New York Times website.