If you are using the popular Oral-B Glide dental floss, you may want to consider changing brands, as a peer-reviewed study of consumer behaviors revealed that users of this product might have higher levels of toxic PFAS chemicals. PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are typically used for water and grease resistance and are potentially harmful to humans.
The study consisted of 178 middle-aged women, nearly half of whom were African-American, and was conducted by the Public Health Institute’s Child Health and Development Studies, which examines the multigenerational effects of environmental chemicals and other factors on disease. Using blood samples, researchers determined the amount of PFAS in their subjects and later interviewed them about certain behaviors that might lead to exposure.
Oral-B flosses were 1 of 18 floss products studied. Of the 18 floss products studied, 6 of these products were found to have fluorine, and indicator of PFAS. Luckily, this means that consumers have options that won’t potentially contain PFAS.
In a statement made to USA TODAY, Oral-B claimed they did not find any of the substances cited in the study in their floss. The company said, “The safety of the people who use our products is our top priority. Our dental floss undergoes thorough safety testing and we stand behind the safety of all our products.”
Other behaviors in the study that were associated with higher PFAS levels included having stain-resistant carpet or furniture and living in a city with drinking water contaminated by the chemical. In addition, researchers found African-American women who consumed food from coated cardboard containers had higher levels of PFAS for four of the chemicals studied compared with others who did not.
The environmental protection agency has stated that there is evidence that exposure to PFAS can negatively affect a human’s health and has ties to cancer, ulcerative colitis in adults and thyroid disease in children, among other things. Other products potentially containing PFAS include floss, other hygiene products, fast food wrappers, microwave popcorn bags, and nonstick cookware. These products have been used in the U.S. since the 1940’s according to the EPA.
Toxic chemicals being found in common consumer products is nothing new, and staying up to speed with these studies and developments can help you avoid potentially catastrophic long-term health consequences. If you think that you have been a victim of a toxic product, The Sloan Firm is here to fight for you. Our attorneys are very experienced in such cases, and we will be happy to stand up for you in your fight for justice.