Cochrane reviews triclosan/copolymer containing toothpaste
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In 2013, the Cochrane Oral Health Group carried out a review of triclosan/copolymer containing toothpastes for oral health (Riley and Lamont, 2013). This review assessed the effects of triclosan/copolymer containing fluoride toothpastes, compared with toothpastes containing fluoride only, for the long-term control of caries, plaque and gingivitis in children and adults.
Thirty published studies were reviewed, involving 14,835 patients who had been randomised to receive a triclosan/copolymer-containing fluoride toothpaste or a fluoride toothpaste not including triclosan/copolymer. The evidence produced shows the clinical benefits of using a triclosan/copolymer fluoride toothpaste twice daily when compared with a fluoride toothpaste (without triclosan/copolymer).
The results showed:
- 22% reduction in plaque
- 22% reduction in gingivitis
- 48% reduction in bleeding gums
- 5% reduction in tooth decay.
This evidence led to the authors concluding: ‘Fluoride toothpastes containing triclosan and copolymer reduced plaque, gingival inflammation and gingival bleeding when compared to fluoride only toothpastes’.
Delivering better oral health – An evidenced based toolkit for prevention (2014) cites this systematic review in section 6: ‘Improving periodontal health’, quoting the authors’ findings. The toolkit also identifies Colgate Total as the only toothpaste available containing triclosan with co-polymer (Public Health England, 2014).
Dental professionals can recommend Colgate Total toothpaste with confidence in the high quality of evidence from the Cochrane group, an independent and trusted source of information.
For more information on Colgate Total toothpaste and to download the Cochrane review, please visit www.colgateprofessional.co.uk/products/colgate-total-toothpaste/overview.
Public Health England (2014) Delivering better oral health – An evidenced based toolkit for prevention 3rd edition
Riley P, Lamont T (2013) Triclosan/copolymer containing toothpastes for oral health. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 5;12:CD010514
www.uk.cochrane.org/about-us retrieved 3/2/2016