Introduction: Triclosan is a broad-spectrum antibacterial agent, marketed for use in oral products. It is effective against both grampositive and gram-negative bacteria.
The five research articles which appear in this special issue of the Journal of Clinical Dentistry present a series of laboratory and patient-based studies that compare the efficacy of a dentifrice containing 0.3% triclosan, 2.0% PVM/MA copolymer, and 0.243% sodium fluoride (Colgate Total) to a dentifrice containing 0.454% stannous fluoride, sodium hexametaphosphate, and zinc lactate (Crest Pro-Health) for the control of established supragingival plaque and gingivitis.
A chronic inflammatory disease of the gingiva and periodontiumresults in destruction of gingival connective tissue, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone. Clinically, inflammation is seen as redness, swelling, and bleeding upon probing.
On behalf of the Colgate-Palmolive Company, I welcome you to the premiere issue of Gingival Health Dialogue -- Investigations and Insights in Gingival Health Research.