Your dental floss might be exposing you to toxic chemicals

Henrietta Strickland
January 12, 2019

Several studies have linked PFAS to risk of certain cancers, thyroid disease, decreased fertility, immune system issues and high cholesterol.

Oral-B released a statement in response to the study.

According to a study conducted by the Silent Spring Institute and Public Health Institute in Berkeley, the floss you're using may contain high levels of toxic chemicals. The reports are based on the findings from the consumers who choose the flosses which don't have PFAS.

The controversial group of man-made chemicals can be found in both industrial and consumer products.

The research which was done on this was seen to be published on Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology which offers the new insight with chemicals. Exposure to the chemicals occurs through using products which contain PFAS, eating food that has been in contact with these products, exposure to indoor air and dust, and through drinking contaminated drinking water. Specifically, the authors are concerned about the product containing perfluorooctanesulfonic acids (PFAS), The New York Post reported.

This is a multigenerational analysis of the impact of environmental chemicals and other factors on disease.

The research involved 178 women, half of which are African-American, who provided blood samples and answered questions about their lifestyle.

Those who used Oral-B Glide tended to have more PFHxS compared with those who didn't.

To better understand this connection, the researchers analyzed 18 dental threads - including 3 products of the Glide line - to detect the presence of fluoride, a PFAS marker, by a technique called particle-induced particle-induced gamma-ray emission spectroscopy (PIGE). They found that three Oral-B Glide products tested positive for fluorine. It is the first study to link Oral-B Glide dental floss and higher PFAS concentrations.

PFAS are resistant to water and grease, and usually interfere with fast-food packaging, waterproof clothing and stain-resistant carpet. The team revealed that African American participants, but not white participants, who regularly ate french fries from coated cardboard containers had higher levels of four different PFAS chemicals in their blood. After that, they have asked all the women about their nine behaviors which can lead to exposure to these PFAS chemicals.

"Overall, this study strengthens the evidence that consumer products are an important source of PFAS exposure", adds Boronow. These chemicals end up in people bodies and then modify their behavior with time. Many publications facing an uncertain future can no longer afford to fund it.

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