Dental Dangers - KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

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
  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • Pence thanks US military members during stop in Hawaii

    Pence thanks US military members during stop in Hawaii

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 2:32 AM EDT2017-04-25 06:32:57 GMT
    Tuesday, April 25 2017 2:34 AM EDT2017-04-25 06:34:59 GMT

    The vice president met with American Samoan officials and troops on his way to Hawaii at the end of a tour of the Asia Pacific region.

    The vice president met with American Samoan officials and troops on his way to Hawaii at the end of a tour of the Asia Pacific region.

  • Arkansas executes 2 inmates on the same gurney, hours apart

    Arkansas executes 2 inmates on the same gurney, hours apart

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 2:06 AM EDT2017-04-25 06:06:51 GMT
    Tuesday, April 25 2017 2:06 AM EDT2017-04-25 06:06:51 GMT

    Two Arkansas inmates who say they're in poor health after decades on death row argue that their medical conditions could lead to extreme pain during lethal injections.

    Two Arkansas inmates who say they're in poor health after decades on death row argue that their medical conditions could lead to extreme pain during lethal injections.

  • UPDATE: Truck narrowly misses train

    UPDATE: Truck narrowly misses train

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 12:59 AM EDT2017-04-25 04:59:06 GMT
    (Source:KAUZ)(Source:KAUZ)

    A teenager ran a stop sign nearly hitting a train Monday on Old Iowa Park Road under Loop 11 in Wichita Falls. 

    A teenager ran a stop sign nearly hitting a train Monday on Old Iowa Park Road under Loop 11 in Wichita Falls. 

Powered by Frankly