UMass Amherst researchers find anti-bacterial chemical accumulates in toothbrushes

Read the full story in the Boston Globe.

A chemical contained in some brands of toothpaste accumulates in toothbrushes over time and is then released into a person’s mouth when they switch to a different type of toothpaste, according to researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

A team of environmental chemists reported in the journal Environmental Science and Technology that triclosan 6 an anti-bacterial agent that has been banned from other products — builds up in the bristles and other soft parts of toothbrushes, the university said in a statement.

Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

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