Volume 95 Issue 43 | p. 5 | News of The Week
Issue Date: October 30, 2017 | Web Date: October 25, 2017

Toothpaste compounds, including triclosan, build up in toothbrushes

Bristles and tongue cleaners accumulate and release common toothpaste components, scientists find
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Materials SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: Consumer products, triclosan, toothpaste, toothbrush

Toothpaste leaves your mouth feeling clean and tingly, but how does it leave your toothbrush? New research shows that compounds in toothpaste, including the antimicrobial agent triclosan, can build up in toothbrush heads and leach back out over time (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b02839).

Triclosan was once a common component of antibacterial soaps and body . . .

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