Phone: 910-778-8485 fax: 910-778-8477

2980 Ray Road Spring Lake NC 28390 Near Overhills Schools

Vincent Vissichelli, DMD

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Specializing in the treatment of infants, children, teens and special needs patients.

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Toothpaste – what is triclosan and what does it do?

Triclosan is a broad-spectrum antibacterial agent that inserts into and disrupts the bacterial membrane. Since it is an uncharged molecule, alone it has
poor retention in the mouth.
Triclosan is the antibacterial ingredient thatit provides plaque and
gingivitis benefits of the toothpaste.  Some toothpast are formulated with a  special polymer to increase the retention of triclosan in the mouth.  Toothpaste with triclosan was  introduced outside the U.S. in 1992 and was the first broadly marketed antibacterial toothpaste.

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