Beauty

Dentists Agree: This Viral Teeth-Whitening Trend Is Extremely Dangerous

Now that life has fashioned into a brand new regular, our smile is extra seen than ever, which is why we’re frantically digging out our teeth-whitening merchandise from the underside of our drawers. And it looks as if we’re not alone: TikToker Heather Dunn, identified for her white enamel, simply took to the platform to share her pearly white suggestions—however her secret weapon doesn’t come with out main dangers hooked up.

When sharing her suggestions, Dunn says, “I’m gonna show you what I do, and yes I’m prepared for all the dentists on here to be like ‘don’t do it, she’s crazy!’ I don’t care, I’ve been going to the dentist and I don’t tell them what I do, but they’re like ‘you have the healthiest, strongest, cleanest teeth and I’m like ‘why, thank you.” She then breaks down her routine: “I don’t use any fluoride at all. When the dentist says ‘use your fluoride and don’t rinse,’ I’m like ‘nope, I don’t do that.’ Arm & Hammer has a good fluoride-free toothpaste and I also do something called oil pulling and I use coconut oil…Number three—and here is where we all gasp—I use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.”

Demonstrating how she makes use of the home cleansing device, Dunn wets a chunk of the sponge and begins swiping it throughout her enamel, being positive to keep away from the gums. “I’ve been doing it for like two years.”

Despite the looks of her pearly white enamel, Beverly Hills, CA beauty dentist Kourosh Maddahi, DDS says there are two essential points that come alongside this technique: “First, it is abrasive, which means it will cause enamel damage—enamel is the protective part of the tooth that insulates the tooth against hot, cold and decay over time. Any abrasive material can whiten teeth by removing stains and the outer layer of the tooth, but at the same time, it can also cause sensitivity due to enamel damage over time. Secondly, the manufacturer explicitly says not to use on skin or any part of the body.”

Atlanta beauty dentist Ronald Goldstein, DDS agrees, and gives the proper method to whiten enamel: “The best way to bleach your teeth is either in the dental office or at home using American Dental Association-approved products. The worst way is to use a product that is made with melamine, sulfuric acid and formaldehyde, otherwise known as the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.”

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