Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why should I stop using Crest toothpaste?” you ask? Good question . . . timely too. (Besides, it beats answering the question: “Why do really, really fat people have that smell to them?”)
The current Crest cry-out is more about polyethylene than one specific brand of toothpaste. Now you ask what is polyethylene? (Well, whether you only skim the headlines or prefer to get the bottom line from your smarmy scribe matters not. Just keep reading “The Why”.)
Polyethylene is a type of plastic. Polyethylene plastic beads are something that became big several years ago. You ladies no doubt have them in your face washes and you guys maybe in your body scrubs. As it turns out, these tiny beads are also in many popular types of toothpaste as well.
Don’t trash your medicine cabinet like a Gothamite in 1989’s Batman just yet though. (Watch the movie if you missed the joke.) According to numerous sources including The Washington Post, “the Food and Drug Administration says they’re safe.”
The fact is dentists are reportedly becoming more concerned that these beads could do more dental damage than they were mistakenly thought to solve. Specifically, these beads aren’t biodegradable. They don’t disintegrate. Dentists fear the beads can get stuck in tiny crevices between the teeth and the gums and trap bacteria which can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease.
These beads are in such Crest products as Crest Pro-Health and Crest 3D White. Texas-based dental hygienist Trish Walraven was one of the first professionals to express concern. She stated: Polyethylene plastic is in your toothpaste for decorative purposes only. This is unacceptable not only to me, but to many, many hygienists nationwide.”
Crest told the press they’ve started to phase out the beads from its products and will be finished with the process no later than March 2016. A spokesman said:”We currently have products without microbeads for those who would prefer them. We have begun removing microbeads from the rest of our toothpastes, and the majority of our product volume will be microbead-free within six months.”
The American Dental Association stands firm on their approval of Crest products because there is not yet enough clinical evidence to confirm any question of their safety. They note at present, “clinically relevant dental health studies do not indicate that the Seal should be removed from toothpastes that contain polyethylene microbeads.”
Still concerned? Then you’d best brush up on the ingredients of your Crest toothpaste and decide for yourself.
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