Are those plastic specks in your Crest toothpaste?
One dental hygienist has confirmed that there is indeed plastic in some brands of Crest toothpaste, but it’s a discovery that many people aren’t pleased about. Trish Walraven said she noticed a number of patients had little blue dots trapped between their teeth and gum, but couldn’t figure out what was causing the problem. After polling her patients and doing some simple chemical tests on different brands of toothpaste, she discovered that the blue dots were actually plastic beads from the Crest toothpaste that her patients were using. Since then, she has raised an alarm about the issue causing the makers of Crest toothpaste to respond.
According to UPI.com, Procter & Gamble has announced that it will cease putting the plastic beads in their products and all toothpastes containing the plastic substance will be off the shelves in six months.
But what exactly are these plastic beads, and how did they get in your toothpaste in the first place?
According to an ABC7 report, its polyethylene, and it is put in your toothpaste for decorative purposes.
“They’re made of polyethylene, the same plastic used to make bottles and grocery bags. Manufacturers tell us the particles are added to make some toothpaste look more appealing, but there is no cleaning benefit. The FDA determined this ingredient safe for use in personal care products, including toothpaste. Dentists we talked with have not yet seen any medical problems such as infection, but they’re advising patients to find alternatives.”
Trish Walraven has condemned the use of polyethylene plastic in the toothpaste on her personal blog.
“Do you want plastic in your toothpaste? So far the only mention of polyethylene on the official Crest website is that it is added to your paste for color, not as an aid in helping to clean your teeth or to disperse important anti-plaque or anti-cavity ingredients. In other words, according to Crest: polyethylene plastic is in your toothpaste for decorative purposes only. This is unacceptable not only to me, but to many, many hygienists nationwide.”
The American Dental Association (ADA) has since said in a statement that it will continue to monitor and evaluate scientific data on the issue.
The ADA also said it does not plan on revoking its seal of approval for Crest products containing polyethylene plastic.
How do you feel about plastic in your Crest toothpaste?
[Photo Credit: UPI.com]