Triclosan is an antibacterial agent that can be found in some toothpastes. Research by Colgate showed that toothpaste containing triclosan was beneficial to teeth. However, concerns have been raised about triclosan’s safety in mouthwash.
Antibacterial mouthwash may interfere with the way our bodies convert the nitrates in our saliva which can lead to ill-health over time. Your tongue is especially sensitive to antibacterials, and mouthwash containing triclosan can kill the good bacteria on the tongue.
– Follow a healthy diet with leafy green vegetables and beets, which help increase the nitrate level in saliva.
– Avoid antibacterial mouthwash and only brush your teeth (not your tongue) with antibacterial toothpaste
– Speak to your dentist about choosing the right mouthwash for your oral care.
Your dentist is unlikely to recommend beets to combat tooth decay but “we have to eat our vegetables and keep our tongue bacteria happy”
“Good bacteria on our tongue convert nitrates into nitrites which can circulate throughout the body to create nitric oxide.”