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Microbeads in Your Toothpaste: Is it as Scary as They Say it is?

As you shop for toothpaste, it is important to find one that contains fluoride in it to help fight cavities and strengthen your teeth.  What about toothpastes that have microbeads in them?  What are they and are they safe to use?

Microbeads are often used as beads for scrubbing in exfoliating soaps or hand sanitizer.  They are also used to enhance the color in toothpastes and chewing gum.  Another name or microbeads is polyethylene.  Some toothpaste brands contain microbeads in them.

Clinical studies have not shown evidence of microbeads getting lodged under the gums or causing harm.  Researchers have also found that microbeads are an inactive ingredient that poses no risk to your health.  Polyethylene has even been approved by the FDA as a food additive.

The ADA (American Dental Association) studies and evaluates products independently for effectiveness and safety before placing the ADA seal on those products.  Fortunately, the ADA doesn’t feel it is necessary to remove its seal of acceptance on toothpastes containing microbeads.  However, they have committed to continue monitoring and evaluating microbeads and any new scientific research as it comes available.

From the above research and approvals up to this point, microbeads appear to be safe to use.  Still, some question the safety of microbeads in toothpaste.  As a result, some toothpaste manufacturers have decided to remove microbeads from their toothpastes to help alleviate fear from their consumers.

Do you have more questions about microbeads being in toothpastes?  Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist.  They will be able to answer your questions or concerns about microbeads.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

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