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Colgate Total Toothpaste Linked to Cancer

Several years ago I saw a coupon in the newspaper for $1 off Colgate Total Toothpaste. I cut out the coupon and decided to give it a try. The next time I went to the grocery store I purchased a box of this toothpaste. I used the toothpaste for a few weeks and a young lady that I was dating told me that my teeth were white. She asked me what was my secret to getting them so white? I was caught off guard by the question and I told her that I had recently started using Colgate Total. I later thought to myself, I’m a walking testimonial for Colgate Total toothpaste maybe I should be getting paid some big bucks. I continued to use this Colgate Total toothpaste and eventually married the young lady that I was dating that commented on my white teeth. She was so impressed with my teeth that she started using Colgate Total toothpaste. Our adaption of Colgate Total toothpaste has gone on for years then something happened that could change our use of Colgate Total toothpaste forever.

Recently one morning I was preparing our breakfast and I was watching one of the morning news shows. A short headline came across the screen that Colgate Total toothpaste has been linked to cancer. When I saw that I nearly dropped the glass of milk that I was holding. I called my wife into the room and asked her if she was aware of this link. She wasn’t aware of this, but was concerned. I told her that when I arrived at work I would do a little research and let her know my findings. According to the information that I found there’s an ingredient in the toothpaste called “Triclosan”. This ingredient has been linked to cancer-cell growth and has disrupted development in animals including fetal bone malformations in mice and rats. Consumer companies have even started to phase Triclosan out. The Governor of Minnesota in May 2014 signed a bill that will ban its’ use in many products starting January 1, 2017. Of course Colgate has an interesting response to these allegations. They claim that Colgate Total toothpaste is safe. Colgate cites the rigorous Food and Drug Administration process that led to the toothpaste’s 1997 approval as an over-the-counter drug as proof. It’s a little scary and disturbing to find out that a product millions of Americans are putting in their mouths every day, by way of a top-selling toothpaste uses an antibacterial chemical to head off gum disease. Based on these allegations Colgate should step back and try to ease the consumers concern. Perhaps a recall or a further explanation of its use of Ticlosan would do the trick. My wife and I upon review of this data have decided to look at other toothpaste options until this situation is resolved. Having nice white teeth is a nice benefit, but is it worth risking your life over? Only the consumer can answer that question.

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