3 DIY dental trends on TikTok that dentists have deemed dangerous

Do-it-yourself dental trends have emerged on TikTok, the video-centric social media platform with more than 800 million active users worldwide, in recent weeks, but many dentists think the users posting these videos should stick to receiving their dental care from a professional.

Here are three dental trends from TikTok that dentists have warned against:

  1. Los Angeles dentist Chris Strandburg, DDS said TikTok users who whiten their teeth by applying hydrogen peroxide directly with a cotton swab could be doing long-term damage to their teeth.

  2. Texas dentist Chad Evans, DDS, spoke out against TikTok videos showing users shaving down their uneven teeth with nail files, saying they may destroy critical layers, causing pain and potentially killing the tooth.

  3. London-based gum specialist Dr. Reena Wadia said that TikTok users using hair to floss their teeth could be doing irreversible damage to their gums.

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