Saying No to Antibacterial Soap? Why It May Be the Right Thing to Do

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Though we all know that washing our hands is one of the best ways to stay healthy, the majority of Americans may be surprised to hear that they’re doing more harm than good each time they lather up. At LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania, Dr. David DiGiallorenzo and his team would like to take a moment of your time to discuss a very important aspect of hand washing that may change the way you look at keeping clean.

Triclosan & Hand Washing Health Hazards

Triclosan is a commonly used antibacterial compound used in hand soaps manufactured and used all over the world. It is also commonly found in detergents, cleaning agents, and even children’s toys. It has been linked to a variety of serious health complications, particularly in unborn babies and young children. Other problems associated with triclosan include:

  • Dysfunction of the thyroid
  • Weight gain
  • Allergies
  • Disruption of the endocrine system
  • Inflammation

Despite the fact that mild soap and warm water are entirely sufficient in order to rid your hands of germs, many people still think that the only way to keep clean is to use an antibacterial solution. The fact is, however, that even the FDA has stated that there is no evidence that antibacterial soap is any more effective than plain soap and water. Unfortunately, overuse leads to the development of new strains of bacteria over time. These new bacteria are resistant to the cleaning agents we use now, necessitating the development of even stronger formulas. Then new strains of bacteria develop again, perpetuating a cycle that won’t end until antibacterial compounds are restricted.

Learning More About the Effects of Antibacterial Soap

If you’d like to learn more about how you can safeguard your family’s health – even without using soap containing triclosan – we invite you to contact our office today. Dr. DiGiallorenzo and his talented, caring team welcome your questions and concerns, and we’re always happy to help in any way we can, especially when it comes to your overall wellness. The LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania offers two locations for your convenience – Williamsport, PA and Collegeville, PA – and we serve all surrounding communities, including Bloomberg, Sunbury, Lock Haven, and Pottstown. We look forward to serving you as well.

Meet Dr. D

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo received his training at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis in the early 1990s. His training included prosthodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, and advanced oral reconstructive techniques, including oral implantology.

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