In the media, it was recently disclosed that microbeads (polyethylene) have been found in toothpaste. Microbeads are commonly used in exfoliating products, and used for coloring in substances such as chewing gum. These tiny beads have been on the radar of environmentalists who say that the polyethylene does not break down and has made its way into bodies of water.
The toothpaste that is specifically being referenced is all of the varieties of Crest ProHealth. Although this ingredient has been approved for use in foods by the FDA, Procter and Gamble, the manufacturer of Crest ProHealth, plans to remove this ingredient completely by March 2016.
No other brands of toothpaste have been reported with the microbeads at this time.
Please reference www.crestfaq.tumblr.com to see Procter and Gamble’s response.
The American Dental Association’s response can be found here: http://www.ada.org/en/press-room/news-releases/2014-archive/september/statement-on-polyethylene-microbeads-in-toothpaste
To continue our part in creating a more sustainable world, Artisan Dental has partnered with Terra Cycle to recycle your toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, floss containers, mouthwash bottles and deodorant containers. You can simply drop those off at our office or bring them to your next appointment. https://artisandentalmadison.com/recycling-program/