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Dental Dangers

Wichita Falls, TX- Proctor & Gamble the manufacturer that owns Crest toothpaste will phase out its toothpaste containing micro-beads after consumer complaints. 

"It's something that's not biodegradable and also the body can't break that down," said Dr. Sarah Berriche, a dentist at Spearmint Dental in Wichita Falls. "These micro-beads, they're like the polyethylene material which is a type of plastic and it's found in scrubs, gum and toothpaste."

Patients that use the product said the little plastic beads were getting stuck in between their teeth and gums. 

"I have heard a lot of reports that dentist, dental hygienist are finding it in their patient's gums," said Dr. Berriche. 

Dr. Berriche said she has not seen any patients with these complications, but told Newschannel 6 it does not hurt for patients to be aware. 

"It is a possibility. I think some patients have seen this happen, and some dentist and dental hygienist have reported this," said Berriche. 

The product was approved by the Federal Drug Administration and has a seal of approval from the American Dental Association. 

Dr. Berriche sides with experts, but does acknowldedge the negative impact plastic can have stuck inside anyones mouth.

"It can lead to plaque accumulation, bacteria accumulation at that site and it makes it hard for the patient to clean that out. So you can end up seeing swelling or inflamation of the gums. that can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease," said Dr. Berriche. 

However, consumer response is beating out stamp of approval, as the company is now  taking steps to phase out the controversial microbeads from all it's products. The company plans to have all products micro beads removed by March 2016. 

Jimmie Johnson
, Newschannel 6
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