Oral-B dental floss linked to higher per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) in women, public health study shows.
Researchers at the Silent Spring Institute and the Public Health Institute found women who flossed with Oral B floss had higher levels of PFAS. Product testing then confirmed that Oral-B Glide and competitor flosses contained detectable fluorine. The study was published in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology.
There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse human health effects, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
According to the study, other behaviors linked to PFAS included stain resistant carpet or furniture.
Oral-B issued the following statement on Friday, Jan. 11:
We have confirmed none of the substances in the report are used in our dental floss. The safety of the people who use our products is our top priority. Our dental floss undergoes thorough safety testing and we stand behind the safety of all our products.
**EDITOR'S NOTE: The above article has been altered to reflect the statement received from Oral-B.**