Microbeads in Toothpaste

I’ve posted previously about states who’ve banned personal care products, like exfoliants, soaps etc, that contain microbeads. But did you know that they can also be found in some toothpastes?

Dentists are finding small plastic microbeads embedded in their patient’s gums. These microbeads do not biodegrade and can get stuck in your gums and cause gingivitis, infection and eventually periodontal disease.Microbeads in Toothpaste

What are microbeads used for?

What’s interesting is that these microbeads are used to add color to the toothpaste and not for any extra scrubbing power as one might imagine.

The FDA still deems these polyethylene micro beads as safe food additives, but since they do not biodegrade they end up in the environment via our sewage treatment centers and eventually in our water.

What you can do

Some toothpaste companies have agreed to remove these microbeads from their products by 2016. Until then you can avoid toothpastes with micro beads by looking for products with these ingredients:

  • polypropylene
  • polyethylene

Learn more about microbeads:

Gross plastic beads in toothpaste can get stuck in your gums
Dentists speak out about plastic beads in toothpaste
Which toothpastes contain plastic microbeads

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