Plastic beads found in some toothpaste could lead to bigger health problems

September 18, 2014 10:12 AM

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Plastic beads found in some toothpaste could lead to bigger health problems

WASHINGTON -- Dentists are noticing spotty smiles and speckled gums caused by plastic beads in some types of toothpaste.

Some brands of Crest toothpaste contain "microbeads," which are actually tiny pieces of plastic. The microbeads have the potential to get trapped in people's gum lines, which can let in more bacteria and lead to bigger problems such as gingivitis and periodontal disease.

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