From the Amereican Dental Association ( ADA):
Good Morning America Segment on Microbeads in Toothpaste
ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) contacted the ADA for a segment that aired today on microbeads (polyethylene) in toothpaste. All of the varieties of Crest ProHealth® toothpaste which have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance contain microbeads.
The ADA provided a press statement to the GMA producer indicating, “According to the American Dental Association, clinically relevant dental health studies do not indicate that the ADA Seal should be removed from toothpastes that contain polyethylene microbeads. Products with the ADA Seal have been independently evaluated for safety and effectiveness by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs.”
Local news stations, including ABC 7 Chicago, have previously reported on microbeads from health and environmental angles. Procter & Gamble (P&G), the manufacturer of Crest ProHealth®, includes information for the public on their website and has indicated they plan to remove microbeads from toothpaste.
According to P&G, “While the ingredient in question is completely safe, approved for use in foods by the FDA and part of an enjoyable brushing experience for millions of consumers with no issues, we understand there is a growing preference for us to remove this ingredient. So we will. Crest will continue to provide consumers with effective and enjoyable products which are designed to their preferences.”
The following suggested talking points may help you discuss the issue with your patients should they ask you about microbeads in toothpaste:
- Microbeads have been in the news lately. You may have heard about it in connection with toothpaste.
- Microbeads are most often used as scrubbing beads in exfoliating skin care products.
- The FDA has approved microbeads as a food additive, and small quantities, which appear as colored specks, are in some of Crest’s toothpastes, including Crest Pro Health, which has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.
- According to the ADA, clinically relevant dental health studies do not indicate that the ADA Seal should be removed from toothpastes that contain microbeads.
- Products with the ADA Seal have been independently evaluated for safety and effectiveness by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs.
- While there is no clinical evidence that microbeads in toothpaste are harmful to your dental health, Crest is voluntarily withdrawing the ingredient from toothpaste in response to growing consumer preference.
- As your dentist, my goal is to help you achieve optimal dental oral health. Whenever you have questions about any dental care product, feel free to talk with me.
- Brushing two minutes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily are important ways to take care of your dental health.