Triclosan In Toothpaste, is harmful for gut and triggers inflammation
Triclosan for decades have been added to several personal care products, due to its well known antibacterial property. Lately it has been widely used in toothpastes for its ability to prevent Gingivitis, however a new study conducted in mice demonstrates precisely how triclosan, an antimicrobial found in toothpaste, toys and thousands of other products, can trigger gut inflammation.
An international team of researchers led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Hong Kong Baptist University identified the bacteria, and even specific enzymes, that trigger triclosan's harmful effects. Moreover, studies in mice suggest these bacterial enzymes can be blocked from driving intestinal damage.
Previous research has shown triclosan's toxicity, but the new study provides a closer look at the changes caused in the gut's microscopic population.
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Dr. Nandita Mohan
BDS, MDS( Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry)