Dental Floss Might be Associated with Toxic Materials

Rep dental floss

Rep dental floss

Other behaviours that were associated with higher PFAS levels included having stain-resistant carpet or furniture and living in a city served by a contaminated drinking water supply.

Flossing - the tooth kind, not the thing 10-year-olds are obsessed with - along with a whole host of common behaviors and consumer products could be linked to exposure to toxic pollutants known as PFAS.

As per a new study which was done by Silent Spring Institute and Public Health Institute in Berkeley, it said in its reports that the popular Oral-B floss which all users may have got toxic levels of chemicals. PFAS PFAS are grease- and water-proof chemicals that are used in a wide range of products, from non-stick pans and water-proof clothing to dental floss, fast food packaging, and stain-resistant carpets. "The good news is that, according to our findings, consumers can choose threads that do not contain PFAS", he said.

Women who flossed with Oral-B Glide tended to have higher levels of a type of PFAS called PFHxS (perfluorohexanesulfonic acid) in their body compared with those who didn't. Consumers can be exposed to PFAS through the products they use and the food they eat, and even through the air and dust inside their homes.

Velvet Gogol Bennett, the spokesperson for Procter & Gamble, Oral-B's parent company, pointed out that the study did not just focus on flossing but also on a variety of behaviors, which could have contributed to the body's exposure to PFAS.

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PFAS are a group of chemicals defined as "a public health concern" by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and linked to numerous health problems in humans, such as chronic kidney disease, numerous forms of cancer, and decreased fertility.

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). African American women who frequently ate prepared food in coated cardboard containers, such as french fries or takeout, had elevated blood levels of four PFAS chemicals compared to women who rarely ate such food. However, the same relationship was not found among non-Hispanic whites, although the researchers are unable to explain why. The team then tested the blood samples for signs of 11 different types of PFAS, with perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorohexanesulfonic acid, found in lower amounts specifically among the African-American subjects. After that, they have asked all the women about their nine behaviors which can lead to exposure to these PFAS chemicals. "Restricting these chemicals from products should be a priority to reduce levels in people's bodies".

This article has been republished from materials provided by Silent Spring Institute.

Reference K.E. Boronow, J.G. Brody, L.A. Schaider, G.F. Peaslee, L. Havas, B.A. Cohn.

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