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    The Environmental Impact of Dental Floss

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    The Environmental impact of dental floss
    1. Is there a difference when determining how materials break down between wax or not wax?
    2. What kind of mineral does it put back to the environment?
    3. How is the materials used to make dental floss useful to the ecosystem?
    4. Which brands make the better packages for dental floss?
    5. How does dental floss affect pipes and septic systems if these are used by consumers to dispose of it?
    6. What kind of impact does the making of dental floss have on the environment?
    7. How much dental floss is used annually and how does this affect the environment?

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    Dental floss can be waxed with beeswax, vegetable wax, mineral wax, or petroleum waxes such as paraffin and microcrystalline wax. Each of these substances would break down differently. Most floss, like Crest and Oral-B, use either nylon or the same material used in Teflon, a substance called polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE). Neither nylon nor PTFE are biodegradable, so waxed and unwaxed varieties are both probably equally resistant ...

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    The impact of different brands of dental floss on our environment; waxed vs unwaxed.