It sounds like a ridiculous and fear-mongering question: is your toothpaste slowly poisoning you? Many thousands of people would scoff, and ignore the question completely: but new research suggests that the question may actually bear considering. After all, we have just been informed that Colgate Total toothpaste, the brand that has spent almost eighteen years on our shelves and on our toothbrushes may actually prove to be more dangerous than helpful. One of its ingredients, triclosan, has been studied, and it has been discovered that it has a very clear link to the growth of cancer cells.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, it gets worse. That study? It isn’t a recent one – it was completed almost ten years ago, in 1997, when the United States of America Food and Drug Administration was considering whether or not triclosan was a safe product to include in the manufacturing process. And despite that information, and the knowledge that triclosan also stunted developmental growth within many animals, they still approved it, and it has been used ever since.
And the bad news keeps on coming. Colgate Total has built an entire brand around its toothpaste’s amazing ability to cure almost anything that goes wrong within your mouth. However, the United States of America Food and Drug Administration questioned many of these claims, including the one that stated that the toothpaste could cure plaque.
This new information will probably lead many people to ditch their normal Colgate Total brand toothpaste, and look for something a little different, and a little less likely to cause them health problems in the future. After all, when pushed the United States of America Food and Drug Administration stated that triclosan is ‘not known’ to harm us. Surely the research has been done?