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ADA issues statement on triclosan in toothpaste

August 15, 2014 The ADA addressed questions raised this week about the safety of triclosan, an ingredient in Seal-approved Colgate Total, with a statement to two inquiring media organizations.

Triclosan is the active ingredient in Colgate Total that fights plaque and gingivitis. Colgate Total, which has a concentration of 0.3 percent of the substance, is the only ADA-Accepted toothpaste that contains triclosan.

The ADA reiterated to Bloomberg Business and Health.com that the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs monitors and evaluates the safety of Colgate Total Toothpaste on an ongoing basis. "If the council's evaluation determines sufficient scientific evidence exists that an ADA Seal-Accepted product poses a health risk, the council has the authority to withdraw the Seal from that product," the ADA statement said. In a later addition to the statement, the ADA noted that "at this time there is no clinically relevant scientific evidence indicating that the Seal should be removed from the Colgate Total product."

The ADA statement said that the CSA will continually monitor and evaluate existing and new scientific information on the issue and recommended that consumers continue to follow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recommendations on the use of oral health care products that contain triclosan. As the statement pointed out: "The FDA's November 2013 Consumer Update states that the FDA does not have sufficient safety evidence to recommend changing consumer use of products that contain triclosan at this time."