Crest Toothpaste Embeds Plastic Into Your Gums. Crest says “It’s part of an enjoyable brushing experience”

You might want to check your toothpaste ingredients to see if it contains polyethylene as part of the ingredients list. Often toothpaste brands will only have the ingredients listed on the box itself, so check that before you throw it out. While these polyethylene micro-beads are FDA approved for use in body products and food, that should not give them our automatic stamp of approval. It is admitted that the health effects of these substances on our bodies and gums have not been studied sufficiently. With micro-beads claimed as, mainly, an aesthetic additive I believe there is no justification for taking the risk; Especially with the number of natural toothpastes available without any strange additives.

We should remember this is not just a concern for our bodies; It is also a danger for our environment. These plastics do not biodegrade they just break down to smaller and smaller particles. Some states have even successfully banned polyethylene from beauty and skincare products for this exact reason.

NPR’s Cheryl Corley reported:

“Scientists say after fish and other organisms eat the tiny bits of plastic — usually listed as polyethylene or polypropylene on labels — toxins could be passed on to humans and wildlife.

“Studies have found thousands and even millions of the tiny particles per square kilometer in the Great Lakes.

“The Illinois law bans the manufacture of microbeads in consumer products by the end of 2017. Some companies, like Johnson & Johnson, are already phasing them out in facial cleansers and other products and are testing alternatives.”

These are some comments left by people who had previously used toothpastes containing the polyethylene particles.

Colleen says September 6, 2014 at 2:54 pm I am getting a lawyer to sue CREST! The 3d toothpaste broke my mouth out and burned it up badly!! It also made the corners of my mouth ooze blood!!! I used it 3 times and have not used it in a week but my mouth is still sore and feels like sandpaper was ran accross my tongue. ,, especially the tip…. I also had a few blue plastic bits stuck in my gums. I had to gently brush them away. I am so ANGRY at CREST!!! THANK YOU FOR THIS INFO! I HOPE CREST GOES OUT OF BUSINESS!

Lyn says September 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm I was using the first one on the list….and I got this huge sore in the bottom of my mouth. I couldn’t figure out what was causing it and I went to the store and picked up another brand of toothpaste! It was like my mouth was badly burned and very painful….hard to eat for several weeks. It needs to come off the market! While its important to keep in mind there are many consumers using this product daily without any notable issues, this is enough cause to remove polyethylene as an ingredient in toothpaste.

Here is Crests official statement regarding the issue: “While the ingredient in question is completely safe, approved for use in foods by the FDA, and part of an enjoyable brushing experience for millions of consumers with no issues, we understand there is a growing preference for us to remove this ingredient. So we will. We currently have products without micro-beads for those who would prefer them. We have begun removing microbeads from the rest of our toothpastes, and the majority of our product volume will be micro-bead-free within six months. We will complete our removal process by March of 2016.”


Luckily there are many alternative and natural toothpastes available. Tom’s is one of the most popular and can be found even in major store chains, however I like to keep it simple so I stick with my baking soda coconut oil mix. What toothpaste do you use?
The original blog written by Dental Hygenist, Trish Walraven, that brought national attention to this issue.


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