Triclosan in Toothpaste?

Q.: I have seen ‘triclosan’ listed as an ingredient in the toothpaste I use. Is it a toxic substance? Jordan

KLAUS FERLOW REPLIES:

Triclosan is used in a wide range of cleaning and personal care products. It is even used in some processed foods and children’s toys. It is essentially an anti-bacterial, -viral and -fungal agent.

However, studies at various academic institutions including the Institute of Odontology in Sweden; Virginia Tech University in America; and the University of Victoria in Canada have shown that triclosan may promote the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria; allergy and asthma in children; and an imbalance in thyroid hormones. Scary when you consider there are those who brush and floss their teeth up to three times a day! Two groups of people are at particular risk: young children and those who suffer from chemical sensitivity as a result of exposure to environmental and household chemicals.

Always read the ingredients on whatever products you use and if they are unpronounceable there is a good chance they are harmful chemicals.

Now, go out and buy yourself a herbal toothpaste!

 

 

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Triclosan in Toothpaste?

Klaus Ferlow
About The Author
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He is an author, innovator, lecturer, researcher and writer. He is founder of Ferlow Botanicals, which manufactures and distributes harm-free herbal medicinal and personal care products. He is president of the Hearts to Health Foundation as well as a member of various health and herbal associations. He co-authored the book Seven Steps to Dental Health.