Dentists are warning against a dangerous new TikTok trend that sees social media users using hydrogen peroxide to whiten their teeth at home.
Hack videos are becoming increasingly popular on TikTok, as young people love to share ways to complete everyday tasks in an easier, simpler or cheaper way. Some of them can actually be really useful, but safety must always be a priority.
The latest TikTok trend sees people trying to save money on cosmetic teeth whitening by using hydrogen peroxide that can be bought in supermarkets or online. However, dentists are warning against the alarming trend which can be very harmful.
Dangerous teeth whitening trend goes viral on TikTok
An alarming new trend is going viral on TikTok that sees young people using a dangerous to try and get whiter teeth.
Videos are being uploaded to the social media site that show people using 3% hydrogen peroxide, or bleach, which has been bought online as a mouthwash, rinsing their mouth out with the toxic liquid in a bid to try and whiten their teeth.
Cosmetic whitening products that are on sale to the public must by law contain less than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide, and dentists are legally only allowed to use whitening treatments that contain up to 6% hydrogen peroxide. Any more than this is illegal – and entirely unsafe.
Dentists warn against the alarming trend
Professional dentists are trying to warn social media users of the dangers of using hydrogen-peroxide on your teeth, urging people not to take part in the trend.
Dr Krystyna Wilczynski, a cosmetic dental surgeon, told The Sun that it’s “extremely worrying” that people are willing to risk their health for cosemtic purposes. “It is incredibly unsafe and we as dentists are forever ensuring that we provide safe, registered and licensed FDA approved products to our patients,” she said.
Templehall dental practice in Kirkcaldy, UK, have posted an urgent message onto their Facebook warning people of the trend. They say that the solution is “highly toxic and dangerous” and will “cause severe pain and damage to both teeth and gums”.
Do not take part in this teeth whitening trend
Videos with the hashtag #teethwhitening have been viewed 332 million times on TikTok, confirming that this teeth whitening trend is being spread to a large amount of people.
We urge everybody not to take part in the trend, as applying high percentage hydrogen peroxide to your teeth can be very dangerous for both your teeth and gums. Also, hydrogen peroxide is a hugely toxic substance and can be very harmful when swallowed.
If you do wish to get your teeth cosmetically whitened, it is advised to go to a dental professional.
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