Another Social Media Danger to Oral Health
Posted by AESTHETIC DENTISTRY on Aug 31 2021, 03:18 PM
Meta: A new social media trend has people risking their teeth to treat them with dangerous DIY methods.
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Do it yourself, or DIY projects can be fun, and they can save you a lot of money, too. From landscaping to remodeling your own bathroom or decorating an epic cake, the DIY trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. There’s even a network dedicated entirely to the genre, aptly named “DIY”.
But dentists are noticing a disturbing trend in the DIY stratosphere- a trend that’s increasing in popularity on social media platforms like TikTok. It’s the DIY dentistry trend, and it could cause major dangers to you and your family’s oral health!
DIY braces aren’t exactly a new thing. For years, teens have been trying to use things like paperclips and rubber bands to straighten their teeth at home, and for essentially no cost. But now, the DIY dentistry trend has expanded to things like DIY whitening, which is equally as dangerous.
First, let’s start with DIY retainers and braces. These can be especially dangerous because they can not only worsen the alignment of teeth, they can cause permanent damage to not just the tooth itself, but to the jaw. It can even cause chips or cracks in the teeth and permanent tooth loss!
As for at-home whitening, influencers are recommending people use pure hydrogen peroxide (the kind you get at the pharmacy to clean wounds) to whiten the teeth. This is dangerous, according to dentists, because hydrogen peroxide can permanently damage the enamel of the teeth.
If you find that your teeth are misaligned and you are interested in straightening your bite, there are solutions that are safer than attempting to straighten your smile at home. Braces, whether via traditional metal brackets or clear aligners are a safe and effective way to permanently straighten the teeth without the dangers associated with DIY orthodontics.
For those seeking a whiter, brighter smile, dentists recommend whitening gum, toothpaste, and in-office whitening treatments, which are available at Dr. Abelar’s office. For a consultation please contact the office and we will be happy to assist you.
While you may be tempted to tackle your window dressings or crochet yourself a new blanket, there are some things best left to the professionals: namely, medical care. When it comes to your health, don’t do it yourself. Contact Dr. Abelar today and he’ll take care of your mouth safely.