Toothpaste With Triclosan And Copolymer Kills Bacteria Efficiently

Published:August 8th, 2010

A study published in the General Dentistry journal has revealed that toothpaste that contains triclosan and copolymers is more efficient than traditional fluoridate toothpaste in killing bacteria in the mouth.

The toothpastes were tested on laboratory grown bacteria, similar to the type of bacteria that grows in our mouth. The researchers also used bacteria taken from the mouths of several volunteers.

Triclosan can kill bacteria, prevent the formation of plaque and reduce the risk of gingivitis. Copolymer can make triclosan stay in the mouth longer. Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent, currently under review by the FDA. It has been used since 1972 in soaps, deodorants, toothpastes, shaving creams and mouth washes.

FDA is going to take a fresh look at triclosan as recent scientific studies raised questions about whether triclosan can disrupt the body’s endocrine system and create bacteria that become resistant to antibiotics.

The results of the scientific and regulatory review of triclosan in products regulated by FDA will be published in spring 2011.

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