Interdental devices, such as dental floss, are an integral part of comprehensive oral care. However, the very behavior that reduces your risk of periodontal disease may also increase your exposure to toxic chemicals. I'll share strategies to reduce your risk.
How Can Dental Floss Be Dangerous?
Flossing, which reduces your risk of periodontal disease, may increase your exposure to toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals, used to make the floss glide easily between your teeth
PFAS are a group of industrial, man-made persistent chemicals found in food packaging, household products and cosmetics, and are associated with some cancers, thyroid disease and ulcerative colitis to name just a few
The fight against PFAS has included a legal settlement against one manufacturing company, an EPA PFAS summit during which they threw out some members of the press, and an attempt by the Trump Administration to suppress data believing it would cause a “public relations nightmare”
To reduce your exposure to these toxic chemicals, use dental floss covered in wax and not toxic chemicals; drink pure water; eliminate nonstick cookware; and avoid eating at fast food restaurants