You may have heard recent discussion in the media regarding the germicide triclosan which is contained in Colgate Total toothpaste. Media reports have stated that there may be a possible link to cancer. The FDA is expected to release a ruling on the use of triclosan in the summer of 2016.  Colgate-Palmolive maintains that their product is safe and “clinically proven to reduce gingivitis.” So, should you change your toothpaste if you’re happy with the results you’ve seen using Colgate Total?


As a hygienist at Soundbridge Dental Arts, I’ve had this discussion with many patients multiple times over the last couple of months. Until the verdict is released by the FDA, our feeling in the office is that it’s safe to be prudent in your toothpaste selection. We would always recommend a fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Literally hundreds of toothpastes fall into this category so it should be relatively easy to change toothpaste should you desire to replace Colgate Total in your home. While we continue to carry the Colgate brand in our office, we have made the choice to replace Total with a non-triclosan containing paste for our own patients.


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