Triclosan’s Dental Benefits

news_views_icon“Triclosan: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” By Maria Perno Goldie, RDH,
There has been much chatter lately on social media regarding triclosan, and products containing triclosan. Allegations are being made that products contacting triclosan are being banned in certain countries and that it is an unsafe addition to oral care and other products. The “ugly” is that many of these accusations are unfounded and not based in science, and can blur the lines between personal preference and research. This article will attempt to present current evidence and allay some fears regarding the efficacy and safety of this product ingredient. Triclosan has been used since 1972, and it is present in soaps (0.10-1.00%), shampoos, deodorants, toothpastes, mouth washes, and cleaning supplies, and is incorporated into an increasing number of consumer products, such as kitchen utensils, toys, bedding, socks, and trash bags. The purpose of triclosan is to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. It is also found in health care settings in surgical scrubs and personnel hand washes. Read more.

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