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Toothpaste contribute to antibiotic resistance

The overuse of antibiotics could create ‘superbugs’.

The overuse of antibiotics could create ‘superbugs’.   | Photo Credit: dulezidar

Triclosan is used in over 2,000 products

A common ingredient found in toothpastes and hand washes could be contributing to the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria, a study has found.

The study, led by Jianhua Guo from University of Queensland in Australia, focused on triclosan, a compound used in more than 2,000 personal care products.

Mr. Guo said while it was well-known the overuse and misuse of antibiotics could create ‘superbugs’, researchers were unaware that other chemicals could also induce antibiotic resistance until now.

“These chemicals are used in much larger quantities at an everyday level, so you end up with high residual levels in the wider environment, which can induce multi-drug resistance,” he said.

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