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What do your mouth and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch have in common?

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What do your mouth and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch have in common?

Why are microbeads even added to toothpaste?! Or anything, for that matter

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Much like the Great Lakes, your mouth is full of microbeads — you know, those tiny particles lurking in your favorite face washes. It turns out they’re in your toothpaste, too — and that’s not a good thing.

Mother Joneshas the story:

In March 2014, dental hygienist and blogger Trish Walraven sounded the alarm with a article about how she was finding “bits of blue plastic in my patients’ mouths every single day.” The plastic, she wrote, came from Crest toothpaste, and it was getting stuck in patients’ gums. Now, dentists are concerned that the microbeads trap bacteria, possibly causing gingivitis.

(Note: This revelation resulted in a resounding “DAMN IT” around the Grist office.)

Thankfully, Crest pledged to remove the microplastics from their toothpastes by next year, Mother Jones reported.

But gingivitis might not be the worst of it. The Environmental Working Group shares that microplastics could also be estrogen-mimicking hormone disruptors…

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