What you need to know about Triclosan


Recently the news has been abuzz with reports about the purported health consequences of triclosan, an FDA approved antibacterial agent used in some of the Colgate toothpastes for years. I’m sure that Colgate’s’ competitors are having a “field day” with this development! I’ve even seen ads on TV touting products that specifically do not contain triclosan.

In any event, I am including the following letter from Colgate regarding the facts of the controversy and would specifically direct your attention to the arrows below regarding safety. For now at least, I am sticking with Colgate. If my opinion changes I will let you know. As always though, you are free to form your own opinions.

Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me or the office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA, today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!

Best wishes,

Larry Stone

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Dear Colleague, Colgate
Every day you make recommendations for your patient’s home care
based on scientific evidence, your professional experience and patient
needs. Here are the facts:
1 Colgate Total® is the toothpaste most recommended and used by
dental professionals in the USA.*
2 Colgate Total helps prevent, treat and reverse gingivitis. It reduces
90% more germs that cause gingivitis than regular toothpaste.**
3 Colgate Total is one of the most extensively tested and
researched toothpastes in the world. Read More >
4 90 clinical studies, over 20 years and 20,000 subjects support
Colgate Total’s safety and efficacy.
5 A 2013 independent systematic review by the Cochrane Oral
Health Group
affirmed the superiority of triclosan/copolymer on
several measures of plaque and gingivitis compared to regular
toothpaste. It also concluded there was no evidence of any harmful
effects. The review included 30 studies of up to 3 years in duration,
between 1990 to 2012, involving 14,835 participants. Read More >
6 Colgate Total is accepted by the ADA and over 40 dental
associations worldwide. Read More >
7 Colgate Total is the only FDA approved toothpaste through the
rigorous new drug application process – the same process used to
review the safety of prescription drugs.
8 Regulatory agencies in the United States, Australia, Canada
and Europe have conducted their own reviews of Colgate Total, and
in every case, have affirmed its safety and effectiveness in
fighting gingivitis.
For more of the science and facts please visit:
See the Science
Safety and Efficacy
Systematic Review
Dr. Barbara Shearer, BDS MDS, PhD
Dr. Barbara Shearer, BDS MDS, PhD
Director, Scientific Affairs
*Professional Tracking Study, Ipsos, 2013
**12 hours after brushing. Data on file.
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8 Things You Can Do to Prevent Your Kids From Using Chewing Tobacco


8 Things You Can Do to Prevent Your Kids From Using Chewing Tobacco

Bill Tuttle was a major league baseball player who lost his battle with oral cancer in 1998 after a five-year struggle with the disease. A good friend and contemporary of Joe Garagiola, Bill endured five surgeries that resulted in his inability to speak or swallow and left him severely disfigured.

As a follow up to an earlier blog about tobacco associated oral cancer among professional athletes, here are 8 steps developed by the Oral Cancer Foundation you can take to discourage your kids from ever starting with “spit tobacco”.

  1.       Talk to them.

Parents who talk to their children are more likely to have a positive effect in influencing their behavior.

  1.       Make Your Feelings Clear

Let children know how you feel about their behavior with respect to tobacco usage.

  1.       Help Children Decode Ads

Many tobacco ads and products appeal to an increasingly younger audience. Help kids understand the truth of these ads.

  1.       Give Them a Reality Check

Let children know that most people don’t use tobacco products, including spit tobacco, and that it’s not the cool thing to do.

  1.       Emphasize Health.

Children are notoriously unconcerned about health. (Remember those days!). Educate them as to the serious health consequences of tobacco use.

  1.       Emphasize Addiction.

Some people feel that nicotine is as addictive as heroin! The advent of e-cigarettes and “vape-pens” only makes the problem worse. The younger children are when they start experimenting with tobacco, the more likely they are to suffer severe consequences.

  1.       Don’t Use Spit Tobacco Yourself.

“Do what I say and not what I do” is not an option here. The same applies to your daily oral hygiene practices.

  1.       Impose Consequences.

Children need to know that there will be consequences for unacceptable behavior, including the use of tobacco products. No exceptions!


Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me or the office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA, today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!





10 Athletes Who Fought Oral Cancer

Tony Gwynn #19

1.Tony Gwynn
Recently the baseball world was saddened by the death of Tony Gwynn. only 54 when he lost his battle with oral cancer. Tony inspired fans for 20 years while playing for the Padres. This prompted me to research other athletes who may have had oral cancer and I was shocked by the names I found! Indeed, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, 115 new individuals will be diagnosed with this insidious disease each day in the United States.

2. Babe Ruth
Born in 1895, Babe, the quintessential baseball player, was only 53 when he lost his life to nasopharyngeal cancer. Like many baseball players the Babe chewed tobacco. In fact he began chewing tobacco when he was 5 years old!

3.Curt Flood
Curt Flood played for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Senators, losing his life to oral cancer on January 20,1997. He was only 49.

4. Brett Butler
Born in 1957, Brett played for the Mets and Dodgers before being diagnosed with his oral cancer. He beat it !

5. Bill Tuttle
Baseball management

6. Hubert Green
One of the most successful professional golfers, Hubie Green was born on December 28, 1946. A smoker, Hubert beat his cancer and was able to return to the game he loves.

7. Jim Thorpe
Perhaps the most famous American athlete of all time, Jim Thorpe died penniless in 1953 from oral cancer.

8. Charles Robert Hamilton, Sr.
Charles “Bobby” Hamilton was a well-respected NASCAR driver who lost his battle with oral cancer in 2007 at the age of 50.

9. Donnie Walsh
Donnie Walsh was an NBA executive who worked with the N.Y. Knicks and Indiana Pacers during the course of his career. He was a smoker who survived cancer of the tongue.

10. Jim Kelly
A Hall of Fame quarterback with the Buffalo Bills, Jim is now battling oral cancer and has had several disfiguring surgeries but is fighting to survive.

In my next blog: How to keep your children away from smokeless tobacco!

Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me or the office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA, today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!

Photo courtesy of TheBaseballJournal.com