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Are microbeads in toothpaste dangerous? Yes, to the environment
Are microbeads in toothpaste dangerous? Yes, to the environment

After a blog post by a dental hygienist raised alarm about microbeads in toothpaste, Crest announced that it was planning to stop putting the tiny bits of plastic into its products. But are microbeads actually dangerous? The polyethylene specks, no bigger than grains of table salt, can be found in a variety of soaps, exfoliating scrubs and other personal care products. Procter & Gamble, the company behind Crest, says they’re used as scrubbing agents and to add color. The American Dental Assn. said this week that “clinically relevant dental health studies” haven’t led the group to believe it should remove its seal of acceptance from toothpastes containing...

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