Oral-B Glide floss tied topotentially toxic PFAS chemicals,study suggests
Updated: Jul 17, 2019
Ryan W. Miller, January 9, 2019, USA
Today Summarized by: Aviva Izmailov
A recent study published by the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology investigated per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and behaviors that may lead to their exposure in African American and non-Hispanic white women. PFASs are used widely in consumer products for their ability to resist water and grease, and according to the U.S. EPA, can lead to various adverse health effects. The study found that flossing with Oral-B Glide, having stain-resistant carpet/furniture, and living in a city served by a PFAS-contaminated water supply were associated with higher levels of some PFASs. Additionally, the study found that in African American women, frequent consumption of prepared food in coated cardboard containers was associated with higher levels of PFASs. Oral B has stated that it did not find any of the substances in the study in its floss, and has emphasized that the study focused on multiple behaviors and products and that the use of the floss by the women was self-reported.