Q: I read an article today that showed Glide dental floss has chemicals that can cause cancer and other health problems. Is this true?
A: USA Today published an absolute “joke” of a study claiming that Glide dental floss has disease-causing chemicals called: PFAS. This is another “scare- the- crap –out- of -the -public” story from a newspaper with a third grade reading level that prides itself on its crayon-colored weather map.
Glide Dental Floss Is Perfectly Safe
Here is why the story doesn’t fly:
- The obscure article was published in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology, not the JAMA or JADA (Journal of the American Medical Association or Journal of the American Dental Association.) The study contains many flaws.
- The data was acquired by “self-reporting”. This means the subjects merely answered a questionnaire.
- No controls were setup to visibly verify what products the subjects were actually using and what other products they were exposed to in their home environments: Example: PFAS, used since the 1940’s are accumulated by the body over time from swallowing contaminated dirt, eating seafood from contaminated water, using nonstick cookware, fast food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags, carpet and coated cardboard containers.
- No pre-flossing blood levels of PFAS were taken as a base line to compare to.
- The article in no way shows a cause and effect relationship between Glide floss and a raising of PFAS levels in the body. Too many other substances could have contribute to PFSA exposure.
- The flawed study only tested a very small and narrow group of participants: 178 middle aged women, half white, half black from the Public Health Institute’s Child Health and Development Studies.
- Proctor and Gamble/Oral B has issued a statement: “We have confirmed none of the substances in the report are used in our dental floss.”
Hope this calms your fear of flossing!
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