Dental Buzz published an article warning dental professionals and consumers about many Crest Toothpastes 6 months ago. Since then, and with the help of the concern being spread via social media outlets, Proctor & Gamble (P&G) has decided to remove it from its products.
P&G is acting based on our concern and is now going to Remove Polyethylene from Products
In the last few months, dental hygienists have been speaking out about polyethylene plastic beads or microbeads in toothpastes, and their potential to become embedded within gums. Procter & Gamble (P&G) has elected to remove the FDA-approved microbeads from a number of products, including Crest toothpastes, due to pressure from consumers and dental hygiene professionals. P&G states that although “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 the ingredient.” P&G pledges to remove the plastic beads from a majority of their products by March 2015.
A local blogger took a photo of the blue dots as a part of her series of macro photos. She is a local St. Petersburg dental hygienist as well.
See that photo here.