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The Dangers Of Polyethylene Beads In Toothpaste

ToothpasteIn the last few years, a new trend has begun to emerge in personal healthcare products. Small plastic beads, sometimes referred to as ‘microbeads,’ are being added to products and many people are unaware that the beads are plastic. These products have been approved by the FDA, but could be having a negative effect on your health and body.

Polyethylene Beads in Toothpaste

Many popular toothpaste companies have started adding microbeads to their toothpastes. These plastic beads serve no purpose, aside from being decorative. There has been no proof that the beads help clean your teeth or provide you with any healthcare benefits at all. However, in addition to complaints from environmentalists, many dentists and hygienists also have reservations regarding microbeads.

It began when dentists and hygienists all over the country began finding small pieces of plastic (mostly blue) in the gums of their patients. The patients and dental specialists were all baffled, as the patients couldn’t think of anything blue they’d eaten or chewed and the dentists had no other ideas. After a little bit of research, the dentists and hygienists realized what they were seeing – the blue pieces of plastic were polyethylene beads!

When debris becomes stuck in your gums, it creates pockets in the gums. These small spaces become a breeding ground for bacteria, causing a whole slew of problems for your mouth. These problems can include infection, gum problems and even gum disease or periodontitis. This is why we here at Meadows Family Dentistry discourage the use of toothpaste containing polyethylene microbeads.

There are many different types of toothpastes for you to choose, based on your own individual needs and preferences. Most of the time, the toothpaste you’re using doesn’t matter, as long as you’re brushing and flossing your teeth, however if you are currently using toothpaste with polyethylene beads, we encourage you to throw it out and find a new toothpaste for you and your family.

To make an appointment with our skilled dentist, Dr. Preston Polson, please contact Meadows Family Dental, located in Castle Rock, CO!

Posted on May 31, 2016
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