Patient Shocked When Dentists Pulls This Out Of Her Mouth

Microbeads have been determined to be both dangerous to the environment and to human health, but they’re still found in many products sold in the US, including toothpaste.

Emily Lallouz can testify to the problem with microbeads in toothpaste. “I had a root canal done last week and while she was irrigating she asked me if I used any of the Crest Pro-Health toothpastes,” Lallouz wrote in a Facebook post. “After I said yes, she showed me all those blue things that 'clean' were under my gums and in between my teeth. They are actually PLASTIC!!!”

“If you thought they burst or were 'beads of magical fluoride and whiting fun,' they are NOT!! If you or your kids are using this STOP NOW! It's even illegal in a couple states!” Lallouz noted in her post.

The polyethylene plastic beads known as microbeads in some Crest toothpaste are also ingredients in other consumer products. Of note, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of microbeads, but not in toothpaste.

That’s because FDA classifies toothpaste as an over-the-counter drug, and because the microbeads are not an “active ingredient,” so the agency does not track that use of microbeads.

Microbeads Also An Environmental Risk

Oral health is one issue with microbeads, but environmentalists point to evidence that the tiny plastic beads negatively impact aquatic life. They do not biodegrade, so they end up in lakes and other bodies of water where fish often mistake them for food.

Microbeads have been banned in several states. So far, microbeads are banned from consumer products in the states of California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, and New Jersey.

Proctor & Gamble, the maker of Crest, announced back in 2014 that microbeads would be removed from all products within six months, and completely eliminated by March 2016.

Source: Dental Buzz

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