Triclosan. Triclosan is actually a registered pesticide that has anti-microbial actions against bacteria. It has been found to block throid function in bull frogs and rats. It is a component of some toothpastes used for gingivitis, mouthwashes and hand soaps. The fda is unsure if it is safe for human consumption and is re-studying this matter. 2% triclosan can help tp kill a bad-actor bacteria -mrsa on skin.
Not the same thing. Triclosan and stannous Fluoride are two totally different things. Triclosan is an antibacterial, it kills bacteria. Stannous Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel by making it more acid resistant. Triclosan may be an endocrine disrupter and is currently being evaluated by the fda. When used properly Fluoride has a proven safe record dispite some hype to the contrary.
Apples and oranges. Triclosan and Fluoride are used for different purposes. Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal used in a variety of consumer products including toothpaste. Fluoride is used to make teeth stronger and aid in remineralization of enamel. Triclosan is good for the prevention of gingivitis and reducing bacteria in the mouth. So both are good for oral hygiene.
Not exactly. At acidic ph (~5.5), the hydroxyapatite crystal of tooth can dissolve; add bacteria and you get "tooth decay." stannous ion (tin) is antimicrobial. Fluoride ions insert into the outer layers of hydroxyapatite crystal that makes up the mineral content of enamel and root dentin. Fluoride ion doping of the tooth crystal increases resistance to acid dissolution. It does not "repair" enamel or dentin. Read more...