We recently came across this story from El Paso and KTSM, where a local dentist warned folks not to believe everything they see on the popular social media app known as TikTok. Your Woodlands dentist will agree that following viral trends involving your teeth is never usually a good idea. Read on and find out what this latest craze is urging you to do.
Wait, You’re Putting That on Your Teeth?
Back in June, a TikTok user posted an original video (that gained hundreds of thousands of views) telling people about the benefits of cleaning your teeth with none other than a “Mr.Clean Magic Eraser”. While this bald-headed icon has proven he’s a true cleaning machine, we have to say he can’t help brighten your smile. If you have never heard of Magic Erasers, this branded line of cleaning pads is effective but contains dangerous chemicals that should not be consumed or used on your body.
Why It’s No Good for You or Your Smile
At our Woodlands dental office, we always do our best to protect your teeth so that your smile will last a lifetime. However, getting caught up in dangerous trends like this can lead to life-long damage to your smile that’s unwanted and irreversible. Dean of the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Richard Black, says in the story that using these pads on your smile is “one of the worst things you can do to your teeth because the bleach is too strong.” He adds that while you might see some results if you continually use this product, it will destroy your tooth enamel because it’s made out of abrasive melamine foam. (Your dentist in The Woodlands couldn’t agree more!) Unfortunately, there’s no artificial replacement quite like your natural enamel.
Do you need to speak to someone about your oral health? Please contact any of these Woodlands dentists for an appointment where we can answer any questions and help you!
Dr. Robert Dernick (General, Cosmetic, Implant Dentistry, and TMJ)
Dr. Mike Freeman (General, Cosmetic, Implant, Sleep Apnea, and TMJ)
Dr. Alisa Reed (General, Cosmetic, Implant, Laser, Sleep Apnea, and TMJ)
Dr. Wade Williams (Orthodontics)
Dr. Nikita Vakil (General, Cosmetic, Implant Dentistry)
Dr. Leslie Blackburn (Pediatric Dentistry)