Triclosan: Proof that Colgate Cares Little for Your Health

Triclosan is a toxic chemical. In 2016, the FDA banned triclosan from soaps due to overwhelming evidence of its harmful effects on the human body. So why in the hell is it still in toothpastes, mouthwashes and countless other cosmetic products? The answer, once again, is money.

The FDA removed triclosan from soaps because we know that anything we put on our skin is quickly absorbed into our bloodstreams. But what about chemicals we put in our mouths? They get absorbed more quickly than that which we put on our skin. So where is the FDA’s logic in banning triclosan from skin, but not from our mouths?

Colgate somehow convinced the FDA that the benefits of triclosan outweigh the risks because it has been proven to reduce plaque and gingivitis. But come on, there must be other toxic chemicals that also reduce plaque and gingivitis. A chainsaw may effectively reduce plaque, but the side effects would be quite harmful.

Although more research is necessary, triclosan has been linked to abnormalities with the body’s endocrine system, birth defects, the weakening of the immune system, problems with the gut and its microbiome, and…wait for it…cancer. So, make sure your toothpaste, mouthwash and other cosmetics do not contain this poisonous chemical. If Colgate and the other Big Brands won’t stand up for your health, you’ll have to stand up for yourself. The FDA is slow to act and often influenced by the biased studies of the Big Brands and Big Pharma.

Remember how long it took Subway to remove the toxic chemical azodicarbonamide from its bread? We know these massive companies care more about money than your health. If you miss eating azodicarbonamide, however, you can still find it in yoga mats, rubber shoes and other rubbery products. It only took a petition signed by nearly 60 thousand people to convince Subway to remove azodicarbonamide from its bread. How many will have to protest before Colgate and the other Big Brands remove triclosan?