2019 has put flossing back in the news, but not about the controversy of, “To floss or not to floss?” The type of floss is what matters, “To use chemicals or not to use chemicals?” Who would guess you might be using toxic dental floss? My golden rule both professionally and personally is to always question products made with chemicals, especially those which can be ingested, inhaled, or absorbed, and to be aware of the environmental consequences.
Just as I kept my young daughter from the mainstream cereal aisles, I believe it’s just as important to caution patients from the mainstream dental product aisles. Like cereal, dental merchandise is boldly marketed, and
Teflon is Coated on Toxic Dental Floss
I have been recommending a natural wax coated floss for years, but honestly, mostly from intuition, and from my own philosophy, “If you can’t recognize the names of the first few ingredients of what you put in your mouth, let alone on your body, you should be leery.” However, this wasn’t always the case, as when I was younger I compartmentalized my thinking to my personal life, only to be a robot at work and follow the status quo of a dental professional.
I remember the day the sales rep introduced Glide floss to us, which was then owned by
QUESTION THE CHEMICALS IN WELL MARKETED PRODUCTS for anything in your life. The mainstream aisles are getting better, with healthier alternatives, but it is still up to you, the consumer to scrutinize what you purchase. I am happy the news is out on floss coated with PFC’S and the harmful health issues that can arise from this chemical exposure. It is true, there are many sources of this chemical well beyond floss, but one thing you have control of is what you bring into your home. So, get rid of your Teflon pots and pans, and most certainly, get rid of your Gore-Tex coated floss. Unfortunately, there is no ingredient labeling requirement on dental floss, so it may not be obvious of the kind you are using. It is safest to use floss which clearly labels; “Natural wax from beeswax or vegetable sources.”Click image to purchase this healthy floss
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