Microplastic beads polluting Great Lakes also get stuck in gums

By on August 18, 2014

Among the common forms of plastic pollution found on a Lake Ontario trawl were microbeads that come from face and body washes (Credit: Asta Mail/Pangaea Explorations)

Microplastic beads, a harmful pollutant in the Great Lakes, may be lurking in your gums, according to Treehugger. As an ingredient in many toothpastes, the microplastic particles have been found lodged in patients’ gums during exams, oral care experts say.

The buildup of microplastics in gums is concerning because any objects lodged there can contribute to inflammation or infection. If those conditions worsen, diseases of the gums, like gingivitis or periodontal disease can develop.

Toothpastes containing microplastics often are marked as containing polypropylene or polyethylene. Those wanting to avoid them in other hygiene products should note they are quite common, showing up in face washes, body scrubs and hair gel, among other things.

Image: Among the common forms of plastic pollution found on a Lake Ontario trawl were microbeads that come from face and body washes (Credit: Asta Mail/Pangaea Explorations)

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