ADA issues statement on polyethylene microbeads
September 17, 2014
The ADA issued a statement Sept. 16 on polyethylene microbeads in response to an inquiry from "Good Morning America" focusing on the ingredient in some toothpastes.
The show segment aired Sept. 17 and focused on microbeads in Crest Pro Health, some varieties of which bear the ADA Seal.
Polyethylene microbeads are commonly used in exfoliating products, but also sometimes in chewing gum and toothpaste.
According to the statement, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs states that "clinically relevant dental health studies do not indicate that the Seal should be removed from toothpastes containing polyethylene microbeads."
The council will continue to monitor and evaluate new scientific information on this issue as it becomes available. If the council determines sufficient scientific evidence exists that an ADA Seal-accepted product poses a health risk, then the council has the authority to withdraw the Seal from that product.
See the ADA press statement on polyethylene microbeads here