Individuals who have children may want to check the ingredients of the toothpaste they use during their dental care routine. According to researchers from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, triclosan, which is an antibacterial often found in toothpastes, may contribute to the development of allergies in children.
The scientists said that this ingredient has been used for decades, but now change the bacterial flora on the skin, in the mouth and in the intestines. This may change the amount of "good" bacteria in the body and increase the risk of developing allergies.
Along with toothpaste, triclosan is also commonly found in many soaps and deodorants.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that there is not sufficient evidence to recommend that people change how often they use this ingredient. However, if individuals are concerned about exposing their children to this antibacterial agent, there are products on the market that do not contain triclosan.
The FDA plans to continue to examine the safety of triclosan to help people make informed decisions about whether to use products with this ingredient.
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