Plastic microbeads in Crest toothpaste are dangerous, warns dentist : USAPosted on September 22, 2014 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News
What are the implications of brushing with plastic microbeads? Brian Moore, a dentist from Kentucky said that the microbeads can attract more bacteria when these get stuck in the gum line and this could lead to more serious problems such as the development of periodontal disease and gingivitis.
“If it was left in there [in the gums], it could potentially cause some gingival irritation,” Moore said. “Any time you have any foreign body in the pocket around the tooth, it’s a breeding ground for bacteria.”
Here is another thing, polyethylene is not biodegradable they can virtually last forever. The material has in fact raised concerns because of its impact on the environment. The non-biodegradable property of polyethylene also means that it is only broken down into smaller particles.
Why did they even think it was ok to put them in their in the first place?