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Crest toothpaste

We’ve all see the articles floating around out there about Crest and the polyethylene in their products. I’ve asked our Crest rep and he continues to insist its safe and fda approved and there have been no reported cases. Have any of you had any issues. Do you continue to recommend their products?



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I haven’t been recommending Crest since their Pro Health line came out. I was seeing sloughing every day with my patients that were using it and of course the staining from the rinse.

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Just so you guys no…its not just crest products…micro plastics are used in anything claiming whitening or exfoliating …facial scrubs, soaps, and many toothpastes…the crest rep should have known that proctor and gamble is fazing out its use of microplastics in all its products…due to research showing our great lakes full of particles that are fazing out by 2017…many companies will be doing the same…unless they changed their mind crest IS environmentally concerned…and no I’m not a crest rep 🙂 just been following the microplastic debate…Colgate products also DO contain microplastics!! As well as most others…not sure colgate has committed to removal yet

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I have been finding these blue “fillers” as well. When I ask the patient what paste they use it’s usually Crest Pro Health and they normally ask why I asked. If I can I try to show them what I found. I also explain that it is plastic. I let them know that Crest claims that it is not harmful and it is FDA approved. I explain to them that it is a foreign object under their gumline and that their body will detect this as the foreign object it is and go to “battle” while causing inflamation. Normally the patient has already made their own decision to stop using Crest and ask what to use in its place.

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Not right now! Our office uses Colgate anyways but I have been telling my PTs to stay away from crest for the time being.

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I haven’t noticed any issues, but I don’t recommend Crest anyway. My office has Colgate products and I personally prefer Tom’s of Maine and other natural products!

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I had no idea about this and will look into it asap. My office always recommend crest even though I personally love colgate:( I have spoken to the rep about the stannous fluoride issue and staining but she never mentioned anything about plastic in the toothpaste. uggh

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I have noticed little blue specs in my patient’s sulcus before and never knew what it was until now. My office gives out Colgate and that is what I personally use. I haven’t had anyone ask me questions about it yet and I haven’t advised against. I probably won’t advise against if that is what my patients like to use until there is research that reveals issues with it or until I personally see issues with it clinically.

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I don’t like Crest adding plastic beads to toothpaste! Can’t tell you how many pts I’ve seen who have tissue sloughing after switching to Crest Pro Health. It claims to be good for sensitivity as well, but has no potassium nitrate. We give out Colgate products, but I’m not a fan of those either. Hate that triclosan seems to be in everything. I personally would not use either brand…don’t need all those chemicals in my body. Use an all natural toothpaste from Desert Essence that has helped my sensitivity way more than anything in the mainstream.

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Our office uses Crest products and have never had any issues with patients (other than the occasional patient mentioning sloughing). The Pro Health sometimes causes me to slough, but it hasn’t been harmful to me and it doesn’t bother me. We also get Sensodyne products (free samples from a rep). I am at a corporate dental office and we have never been given the option to order any products other than Crest.

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I haven’t been recommending it due to the issues I’ve been seeing but I hope this is something that will change in the near future so that I can recommend Crest again.

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I have been very hesitant to recommend any Crest products since the Pro Health line came out. Between the soft tissue sloughing problems, the issues with teeth being stained from the purple mouthwash, and with regularly digging blue plastic out of my patients gums I have been recommending other brands to my patients.

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I have used Crest products for years and have seen no problems with my patients or myself. Crest is NOT the only company using plastics either. As for the sloughing, I have only found that in my chronic listerene users.

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I’ve been telling my patients to switch toothpaste until they have further studies about them. I usually rec colgate, sensodyne, or pro-namel depending on their needs.

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I never recommend Crest products, the Pro-Health line has caused so much sloughing of tissue. It is always linked to a recent change to Crest. When I discussed this with the rep, he stated that it was a very small percentage. In all my years of practicing I have never seen a product cause so much irritation in patients. He told me that I should have each patient call Crest so they can get an accurate view of numbers. I told him I would just tell the to stay away from Crest, if it is such a small number they won’t need to be concerned about business lost. The little blue specks found under gums? Even though I am reading they are in other products..Crest 3-d white is usually the culprit in my experience.

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I haven’t used Crest since the pro health line came out. I’ve been seeing a lot of this blue specks of plastic in the sulcus of many of my patients. I heard it was added for looks, but suspect it is for it’s abrasive properties. I like Colgate Sensitive, Rembrandt, Tom’s of Maine and Sensodyne products.

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Studies have shown triclosan to be safe and useful in toothpaste.

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I confronted two oral b reps infront of a class of hygienist at a CE course last month about the plastic in the toothpaste yes they confirmed it. It was almost funny to watch one of the reps immediately start to turn a reddish shade and began talking in a defensive fast tone. She said it’s added for decoration, and abrasiveness, that it’s harmless because it will not be digested. Then this where I began to get a little mad she compared it to the fact that some shredded cheese have micro fine saw dust in them to prevent clumping which yeah great that sucks but I’m a hygienist I do not give my patients advice on cheese generally nor do I recommend brushing w/ any kind of cheese product or give out samples of cheese for home care use. I do however work for an office that is part of a corporation that uses crest/ oral b for our pt samples and home care products. Really bothers me that I am giving my pts products w/ plastic micro beads in them and for someone to tell me they are not harmful is crap because until I see a clinical trial or study done to prove that plastic lodged in a perio pocket that is already trying to heal then how can they confidently say it causes no harm?

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