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Toothpaste Containing Triclosan Boosts Effectiveness

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The researchers found ?a 22 percent reduction in plaque, a 22 percent reduction in gingivitis, a 48 percent reduction in bleeding gums, and a 5 percent reduction in tooth decay (cavities) compared with toothpaste with fluoride alone.?

?We are very confident that adding triclosan and copolymer to a fluoride toothpaste will lead to additional benefits, in terms of less plaque, inflammation, bleeding and tooth decay,? said Philip Riley, a researcher at the University of Manchester in England, and a co-author of the study.

This could potentially lead to reduced tooth decay and gingivitis, tooth decay and even periodontitis. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Periodontology, ?half of Americans aged 30 or older have periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal disease. This equals approximately 64.7 million Americans.?

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