Triclosan in Toothpaste Make Germs Immune to Antibiotics
The content of triclosan in toothpaste should be able to prevent bacterial growth. However, recent research reveals the possibility that the compound could cause the germs to be more resistant to antibiotics.
Besides in antibacterial toothpaste, triclosan are also often used in hand-washing soap and cosmetics. When it was first discovered 50 years ago, these compounds are also used to clean skin surface during surgery.
But lately, the use of triclosan made the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety in the EU and the FDA in the United States worried. Because the compound is thought to be able to trigger resistance or immunity of bacteria to antibiotics.
Laboratory studies indicate that this compound may cause mutation of genes in several species of bacteria, including E coli, salmonella and listeria. It is feared that the mutation would make the treatment of infections become ineffective.
Nevertheless, the dangers of triclosan is still limited to a warning because of the lack of sufficient evidence. The FDA suggests further studies to confirm these allegations.
The function of triclosan in toothpastes is to reduce plaque-causing bacteria. If not controlled, these bacteria can lead to gingivitis or inflammation of the gums.
Its use is growing in popularity from year to year. Recent investigation of the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) even showed 75 percent of American’s urine contains triclosan.