In the last couple of weeks it came out that plastic microbeads found in toothpaste were sticking to mouths. These beads would get stuck in gums and allow bacteria to build up in the mouth, ironically making some toothpastes become the cause of gum diseases. Further cause for concern was that these toothpastes were often marketed to children. This wasn’t a malicious mistake, in fact the beds were designed to help with cleaning process by making pastes a bit more abrasive in a non-damaging way.
But this isn’t the first time these beads have come up as a problem. First found in soaps and body washes, these plastic beads don’t break down and have been causing somewhat serious ecological damage. The plastics are beginning to build up in the Great Lakes. Fish are even confusing them for food and eating them, killing the natural wildlife. Thankfully Crest is taking this seriously and discontinuing the use of microbeads so that their products will be completely bead free by 2016.
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