Social Media Trends – Causing more damage than good?

Social Media Trends – Causing more damage than good?

Posted by MILLPOND FAMILY DENTAL Apr 01,2024

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Social media is for connecting with friends and family around the world, learning new things like a new TikTok dance, and discovering life hacks to make our lives easier. However, did you know there are some life hacks and social media trends that can be dangerous to your oral health? Here are a few of these social media trends that have been circling around that we would not recommend:

Using a Nail File

First of all, OUCH! This one is a big hit on TikTok – people are seen filing down teeth with a nail file to get rid of perceived defects on teeth without professional help. What makes this trend particularly hazardous is the fact that it damages the enamel, which is the protective outer layer of the teeth. Unlike a lizard’s tail, enamel does not have the ability to grow back or repair itself.

So many consequences come out of filling your teeth with a nail file, like immediate tooth sensitivity. The weakened enamel can lead to an increased risk of cavities, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. NOT a good look.

It's essential to remember that dentistry is a specialized field, and attempting to alter your teeth without professional guidance can have severe consequences. If you have concerns about the appearance of your teeth or any dental issues, it is crucial to consult with your dentist, who can provide safe and truly effective solutions.

DIY Teeth Whitening

We all want a whiter and brighter smile, and some of us will do anything to achieve it! But it's important to be cautious when it comes to DIY teeth whitening methods, which can cause more harm than good.

Strawberries – it’s been said these are used to naturally whiten your smile. Unfortunately, this fruit is acidic, and acid can eat away at your enamel. That’s not to say you should avoid strawberries at all costs – they’re so tasty! We just advise you to not rub them on your teeth to whiten them. 

Hydrogen Peroxide – yes, you are right. Hydrogen peroxide is a common ingredient in professional teeth whitening products. However, it should be used with caution and under the supervision of a dental professional. Using high concentrations or applying it incorrectly can lead to gum irritation, tooth sensitivity, chemical burns and even an oral yeast infection!

Activated Charcoal - this ingredient is actually extremely abrasive and can cause microscopic scratches on the enamel. Over time, these scratches can weaken the enamel and make your teeth more susceptible to staining and decay. Plus, there is no scientific evidence or research-based data to support the effectiveness of charcoal as an effective whitening method. So, no need to rub this dirt-looking substance on your teeth, even if it does give you more views!

If you’re really unhappy with the color of your teeth, your dentist can offer safe options for a whiter smile, such as dental cleanings, toothpaste, or professional teeth whitening treatments administered or recommended by us, your favorite dental team.

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