Thursday, December 2, 2010
Could your toothpaste harm your unborn child?
Alarming new findings suggest triclosan, a powerful anti-bacterial, that is now commonly used in everything from toothpastes, deodorants and soaps, to anti-bacterial chopping boards and even some toys, may disrupt the flow of blood to the uterus, starving a baby’s brain of the oxygen it needs to develop properly.
So what can you do?
*GlaxoSmithKline has phased out the use of triclosan in its Aquafresh and Sensodyne toothpaste and Corsodyl mouthwash. It is still used in brands such as Colgate Total.
*Use regular (non-antibacterial) soap and make sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
*If you "need" to use an antibacterial hand cleanser, try a natural one like CleanWell.
Bottom line is make sure to check for triclosan in the ingredients of your HBA products and eliminate those which contain it. Check cosmeticdatabase.com for other options.