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PHOENIX, Ariz. – A dentist in Phoenix noticed something strange in the mouths of her patients – and spoke up about it.

Trish Walraven has seen lots of things as a dental hygienist, but until a few years ago, she had never seen anything like this.

According to KNXV, the manufacturers of toothpaste are taking action for proper hygiene of the oral cavity.

According to the Dr. every day she gets visited by five, six patients with little blue dots stuck between the gums and teeth of her patients.

“We thought it was a cleaning product or something that people were chewing,” Walraven said.

Walraven started small survey among her colleagues, because the little blue dots were so often. Together they discovered that it is a polyethylene.

It’s a plastic used in all kinds of things like garbage containers, grocery bags, bullet proof vests, even knee replacements… and now in toothpaste.

The Dr. Walraven found that one brand is using more plastic microbeads unlike others. When we asked which brand is it, the answer was Crest.

Dentist Justin Phillip said the microbeads shouldn’t be anywhere near your mouth.

“These plastic microbeads must never be close to the oral cavity. They cause bacteria in the gums of people, leading to the occurrence of gingivitis, which over time due to movement in the jaw and teeth leads to periodontal disease”, Phillips said.

“Periodontal disease is scary.”

Walraven wrote a blog that has gotten national attention. It even caught the eye of Procter & Gamble.

In a statement to ABC 15 the Crest manufacturer said: “While the ingredient in question is not completely safe, we understand there is a growing preference for us to remove the ingredient. So we will remove it.”

Crest said the majority of their toothpastes will be microbead-free in six months.

They’ll be completely gone by March of 2016.

If you want to make sure the product you’re using is microbead-free, take a look at the ingredient list and make sure it doesn’t include polyethylene.

 

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – A dentist in Phoenix noticed something strange in the mouths of her patients – and spoke up about it. Trish Walraven has seen lots of things as a dental hygienist, but until a few years ago, she had never seen anything like this. According to KNXV, the manufacturers...