Oral hygiene is very important to support dental health and heart. But you should be careful in choosing antibacterial toothpaste because the content contained in these teeth cleaning products can actually cause bacteria increasingly resistant to drugs.
Scientific Committee for European product safety (SCCS) recently asked its citizens to be careful of antibacterial products that are often added to toothpaste, such as triclosan. According to them, triclosan actually increased the spread of bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Therefore SCCS said required a review back to the security of triclosan, which is also widely used in hand-washing soap products and cosmetics.
Triclosan itself has developed since 50 years ago and was first used in surgery abrasive products. Triklosan also been proven to reduce bacteria and fungi, including preventing gum disease and plaque on the teeth.
Triclosan usage in a variety of products continues to increase. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S., reported, triclosan found in urine of 75 percent of the population of Americans. Conditions are not much different in the UK and Europe.
Laboratory studies show, triclosan can trigger genetic mutations in bacteria so that they can protect themselves and become immune. Interestingly, the “science” self-protection will be transmitted to other bacteria that are resistant colonies on triclosan more and more. In the end this can make the antibiotic does not work anymore to treat disease.
The study also showed the mutation of bacteria E. coli, salmonella and listeria, with different levels of immunity in triclosan. Some kind of super bacteria (superbugs) that are not immune to antibiotics (MRSA) also proved resistant to triclosan