If you are on Facebook and/or other Social Media I’m sure you have seen the article about some of the Crest Toothpastes you have grown to love or hate having small blue plastic particles in it that may be “harmful” to your oral health.
The article sparked when a Hygienist in Arizona began to notice all of these small blue particles in her patient’s gums. Much like the photo below.
Apparently the microbeads in the toothpaste, that I’m sure a lot of us thought were flavor bursts, were actually Polyethylene. Polyethylene is a type of plastic that is safe per Proctor and Gamble (the makers of Crest Toothpaste) and the FDA. The company decided to take out the ingredient due to the recent concern of it getting stuck in the space between your gums and tooth (the sulcus) which could in turn harbor bacteria that could lead to gingivitis or worse periodontal disease.
From our experience and when talking to our hygienists we have noticed some of these same blue dots but they are usually found on the outside of our patients gums, not embedded in them, and have been easily removed. Should you quit using your favorite Crest toothpaste? That’s up to you. Our recommendation with your toothpaste – be sure it contains fluoride and avoid too many abrasives, sometimes less is more.