Tampa Bay area dentists find plastic beads lodged in gums

Her braces finally off; Blaire McCarthy recently got a teeth cleaning and what she recently saw in her mouth, caused her concern.

“A few days ago, I noticed a there was a little blue bead and I just thought it was excess food or something, but it was weird,” said McCarthy.

Those little blue beads are “polyethylene” microbeads. They are plastic and the same kind used in bottles and grocery bags.

St. Petersburg dentist Dr. Larry Klein just had a patient complaining about a tiny blue dot under her front gum.

“We saw it in patients, but really didn’t know what it was and we just thought it was something that they had eaten or something like that,” said Dr. Klein.

He found two microbeads lodged under the patient’s gums.

“Over a period of time, you get bacteria that’d build up around it and it’d get inflamed, it could potentially be a problem,” he said.

The microbeads are in Crest Pro-health and 3-D White toothpastes.

Full story: http://www.wfla.com/story/26571951/toothpaste-could-cause-gum-problems

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