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.
1. What are the potential dangers of using Triclosan-containing toothpaste?
Triclosan-containing toothpaste may pose a danger to the environment. Triclosan is used in some products as an antibacterial agent, but it has been found that this chemical can be harmful to aquatic life and other animals. Triclosan is not just found in toothpaste, but also in many other common household items such as soaps and detergents. This means that when people use these products they are releasing chemicals into the environment which could have adverse effects.
2. What are the side effects of triclosan?
Triclosan, an antibiotic chemical, has been related to a variety of human health concerns. The majority of exposures occur by absorption through the skin or through the mucosal lining of the mouth. These exposures have resulted in an increase in contact dermatitis, often known as skin irritation, as well as an increase in allergic reactions, particularly in kids.
3. How does Triclosan affect the environment?
Triclosan is an antibacterial agent that can be found in many household products. It has been shown to affect the environment by killing algae and bacteria, which are important for maintaining a healthy ecosystem. In addition, it can lead to antibiotic resistance as well as other health problems such as asthma and allergies.
4. What toothpaste does not have triclosan?
The health of you and your family should not be jeopardized in our opinion. That is why Dr. Brite's toothpaste is made entirely of natural ingredients, is organic, is nontoxic, and is triclosan-free. However, you can maintain good oral health by brushing your teeth twice a day (without the use of antimicrobial agents), flossing after meals, and rinsing your mouth after meals.
5. How much triclosan is harmful?
The researchers discovered that, while the allowed limit for triclosan in India is 0.3 percent, its use at levels as low as 500 times lower than the permissible limit can have significant neurotoxic effects on the brain.