The Doctors get tons of emails forwarded to them but this one may just be worth sharing. The email says there is an ingredient in toothpaste, triclosan, that could be making you sick. It is meant to decrease bacteria and eliminate bacterial contamination but at what cost?
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork shares that this ingredient is not only in toothpaste but also in hand soaps, body washes, cosmetics, clothing, furniture and even toys. In 2017, the FDA ruled that many of these products could and should not use triclosan.
Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra finds it interesting that this is still in toothpaste because even though it theoretically decreases gingivitis, there is the possibility of mucosal absorption.
Dr. Travis points out that in most cases a product needs to be proven that it is unsafe before it is removed. Even in some cases, because of certain industries and the clout they have, they are able to keep some of these potentially dangerous chemicals in their products.