Triclosan may be the most important ingredient in fluoride toothpaste.
A new study shows that triclosan, which is a bacterial agent, combines with a copolymer to decrease plaque, gingivitis and bleeding gums, triclosan has been around for a couple of decades but has recently been included in some additional studies. It also has the potential to lower the incidence of tooth decay when compared to fluoride toothpaste that doesn’t possess those substances.
The information appears in a study by The Cochrane Library.
The top causes of tooth loss are tooth decay and gingivitis are. Plaque that builds up on teeth produces both conditions after the film of the bacteria build up on teeth. When left alone, periodontitis may be the result.
The research team from the Cochrane Oral Health Group analyzed 30 studies on toothpaste containing triclosan and a copolymer to deduce the information.
The data showed a 22 percent reduction of both plaque and gingivitis, a 48 percent reduction in bleeding gums and 5 percent lowering of cavities. For periodontitis, however, there was not a major reduction of that disease.
One of the concerns with a couple of the studies was a direct or partial connection to a company that makes this type of toothpaste. Only three studies would be considered independent. But if these studies are true, this information could prove to be beneficial.
Dr. Platt uses his own bacterial agent which is pure ozone (made from medical grade oxygen) when performing treatment such as fillings, crowns, bridges and root canal treatments. The use of this agent helps kill the bacteria present so that the patient will have the best results from their treatment. Ask about ozone treatment at your next visit!