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. It also slightly lowers tooth decay when compared to fluoride toothpaste that doesn’t possess those substances.
The information appears in a study by The Cochrane Library.
Tooth decay and gingivitis are the top causes of tooth loss. Plaque produces both conditions after the film of the bacteria build up on teeth. When left alone, periodontitis may be the result.