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Are There Carcinogens on Your Dental Floss?

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Finding PFC-Free Dental Floss Alternatives

If you want to avoid PFCs in your floss, you have a few options. Not all commercial dental floss contains PFCs, but companies don’t have to label it when they do.

1. Contact the company that makes your favorite floss. This could have mixed results. When Molly Rausch asked the folks at Oral B about PFCs in her favorite dental floss, they told her: they use a “Teflon-like compound in some but not all of their flosses — but a lot of this is considered proprietary.” The old “proprietary” fallback. That’s the same one cosmetics companies use to avoid disclosing potentially toxic ingredients.

2. Switch to a PFC-free dental floss. Lori over at Groovy Green Livin’ has a good list of flosses that don’t contain PFCs, including one from Tom’s of Maine that should be easy to find at most stores.

3. Go floss free. Nope! I don’t mean throwing caution to the wind with your oral hygiene. Instead of reaching for the dental floss, try a water flosser instead. My husband and I recently stared using a Waterpik, and we love it! Instead of using disposable thread coated in wax or plastic, this gadget shoots water between your teeth at a high speed. Your mouth tingles afterward.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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11:45PM PST on Jan 19, 2014

Thanks for the valuable information.

11:10PM PST on Dec 24, 2013

Your blogs are fantastic, useful and your articles are wonderful.
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6:48PM PDT on May 15, 2013

As always, I think things are a bit more complicated. The mouth is an ecosystem where bacteria and fungus of different varieties probably have a role in keeping the mouth healthy. Problems arise when these bacteria enter the blood stream. Flossing/brushing can also cause these bacteria to enter the blood stream. You can't use chemicals to sterilize your mouth and turn it into a SuperFund site either. So it is a delicate balancing act with no easy options.
Perhaps you should floss once a week?

5:05AM PDT on May 15, 2013

I stopped flossing for a while but this article has made me run to the bathroom cabinet for some floss. I had no idea!

9:04AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:08PM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Thanks a lot for sharing!

9:07PM PST on Feb 14, 2013

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9:04PM PST on Feb 14, 2013

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1:42AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Thank you :)

12:05PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Thank you for info.

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