Dear Dr. Ellie:

I am just curious why you do not mention triclosan; other sources tout it.


Dear NW,

This is a very important question and I have been trying to sound the alarm bell for years.

Triclosan was originally designed for use in dry antibacterial hand soaps. It works well in this application.

The problem with triclosan is that it reacts with the chlorine (in tap water) to form chloroform in the mouth. , Personally, I do not want chloroform in my mouth but many people have sensitivity to it and get ulcerations and soreness of the mucosa.
There are even concerns about it in relation to cancer.

Sadly people are advised to use these products by health professionals and often do not think that their problems could be cause by toothpaste. They do not understand the reaction and often suffer not knowing the cause.

I hope this explains why I keep recommending a tried, tested, simple and effective system without any triclosan!

Ellie Phillips DDS
Dental Health for Everyone!
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester NY 14623

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