What Do You Know About Microbeads?

microbeadHave you heard the news stories regarding microbeads? If so, then you already know what the fuss is about. If not, then you probably wonder what they are. Either way, you can take your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans’ true or false quiz below to find out what microbeads are and how they affect you.

True or False?

  1. T or F: Microbeads are what children use to make jewelry.
  2. T or F: Microbeads are used because they simply melt away in water.
  3. T or F: Even though they are made of plastic, microbeads are safe for the environment.
  4. T or F: Before the development of microbeads, natural products such as salt crystals or crushed nut shells were used.
  5. T or F: Microbeads are dangerous for humans.

Answers:

  1. False: Microbeads are very tiny pieces of plastic used as a scrubbing agent in personal care products such as soap, face washes, and toothpaste.
  2. False: Microbeads are made of nylon or any of the following plastics which do not melt or biodegrade: polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PPMA).
  3. False: Because they are made of plastic and because they are no bigger than a grain of salt, microbeads pose a serious threat to the environment. While brushing your teeth or washing your face with a product that has microbeads, they wash down the drain and into our lakes. Microbeads are believed to soak up toxic chemicals along the way and possibly poison fish (which mistaken them for food) and our waterways.
  4. True: Before microbeads, natural products like salt and nut shells were used to increase the cleansing effect of personal care products.
  5. False: Although not safe for the environment, microbeads do not pose a threat to human beings.

About Your Reno Dentists

Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 829-7700.