Brushing and flossing regularly is essential to maintain good oral health. However, it is also good to check if the toothpaste you are using contains harmful chemicals that can negatively affect other parts of your body, in this case, your bones. That is exactly what was raised in a recent study, which showed that triclosan, an antibacterial agent added to toothpaste that reduces gum infections and improves oral health, can present more bone problems than teeth. What is triclosan? An antibacterial agent that has existed since 1972, triclosan was first used in the manufacture of surgical scrubs for hospitals. Since then, it was used in the manufacture of soaps, hand sanitizers and deodorants, even on cutting boards, credit cards, trash cans and eventually in toothpastes. Triclosan is also present in clothing, toys, kitchen utensils and furniture to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination, although this is because they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The addition of triclosan to these products allowed vendors to add "antibacterial label" on the packaging and emphasizes that feature in those products, giving consumers an unproven implication that products containing triclosan (or other antibacterial agents) could prevent serious infections However, studies in animals or human cells in laboratories for many years have raised concerns about whether the "cleansing" associated with triclosan has negative (although unintended) side effects, including:
Development of resistant bacteria Abnormal hormonal function Increased allergic reactions Impaired muscles Uncertain environmental impacts With these side effects in mind, the use of a product containing triclosan can cause it to absorb a small amount through the skin or mouth, as it does A 2008 study shows that more than 75 percent of test subjects had detectable amounts of triclosan in their urine. While the health impacts of triclosan on humans are still uncertain, the FDA took steps to eliminate its use, which resulted in the banning of the antibacterial agent from consumer products since 2016, starting with soaps, followed by soap cleansers. health in 2017. It will also be removed from hand sanitizers in April 2020.
The research results The researchers in the recent study reviewed data from more than 1,800 women and found that: Those with high levels of triclosan in the urine had the lowest bone density measurements. Osteoporosis was common among those with the highest levels of urinary triclosan. . Measured by bone density, osteoporosis is marked by a bone density so low that even a small fall or injury could increase the risk of fracture. The link of low bone density with high levels of urinary triclosan was stronger for postmenopausal women than among younger women. This is particularly important since menopause is a time marked by a dramatic drop in bone density, and postmenopausal women have the highest rates of osteoporosis-related fractures. Although it is only the most recent research that raises concerns about the safety of triclosan, the FDA can issue a ban on its use in toothpaste, especially if there are no new studies that can challenge the findings. When brushing your teeth, check the toothpaste you are using, as it may contain substances that could adversely affect other parts of your body. Bru-nO / Pixabay. (TagsToTranslate) toothpaste (t) bad ingredient (t) (t) bones (t) toothpaste ingredient (t) bad toothpaste ingredient for bones (t) triclosan