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Social Media Causes Tooth-Loss Controversy

Dr Martin Abelar - February 26, 2019 - 0 comments

Social media has taken quite a place in our daily lives and captured our collective attention – from people considering cosmetic dentistry procedures to get a “selfie-ready” smile to an alarming new trend of children making tooth-removal videos. It all begs the question: Has social media gotten out of control?

While social media definitely has its strong points (there’s never a bad reason to want a healthier smile!), it definitely has its drawbacks, too. The latest drawback? Those tooth-removal videos.

In case you haven’t seen or heard of them, kids are making videos of themselves pulling out their loose teeth with things like drones and remote-control cars. Not only is this dangerous for the child, but it’s also dangerous for the other impressionable children involved: the viewers. Sure they may seem funny, but the potential for something going wrong if tried at home outweighs the humor, especially among impressionable young viewers.

But how did these videos even get online in the first place? Perhaps we’ll never know the answer, but one important thing we do know is that we need to closely monitor not just our children’s teeth but what, if anything, our children see online and on social media.

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