PFAS: A Toolkit for Oral Health Providers

PFAS, also referred to as “forever chemicals”, gained widespread public attention in 2016 after media outlets published findings of high levels in the North Carolina Cape Fear River Basin, downstream of the Chemours plant. This chemical class, found in numerous everyday products and ubiquitously in the environment across the U.S., presents longterm concerns due to characteristic persistence for hundreds and maybe thousands of years.

In this toolkit, you will find background information about PFAS, specific details pertinent to the dental industry, and guidance on the dental professional’s role in ensuring patients in high-contamination areas continue to receive the care they need.