TikTok has become a hub for viral trends and hacks, especially in the realm of dental care. While these videos garner millions of views and interactions, the information they provide can often be misleading and, in some cases, harmful. Our Coquitlam dentists wanted to share some debunking facts and tidbits in light of these rapidly trending videos to make sure our patients in Coquitlam have the best dental tips and healthcare. 

1. Using Hydrogen Peroxide to Brush and Clean Teeth

TikTok Claim: Hydrogen peroxide can be used to brush and clean teeth, providing a cheap, healthier and effective whitening solution.

Expert Opinion:

Dr. Verjee: "While hydrogen peroxide is used in some professional whitening treatments, using it at home without guidance can cause significant damage to your teeth and gums. Overuse can lead to enamel erosion and gum irritation, which are detrimental to your oral health."

2. Purple Toothpaste for Whiter Teeth

TikTok Claim: Purple toothpaste can instantly whiten teeth by neutralizing yellow tones.

Expert Opinion:

Dr. Sharma: "Purple toothpaste works on the principle of color correction, temporarily masking yellow tones. However, it does not provide a permanent whitening effect or address underlying dental issues. It’s essential to rely on proven whitening methods and maintain good oral hygiene practices."

3. Avoiding Fluoride Toothpaste

TikTok Claim: Some TikTok users suggest avoiding fluoride toothpaste, claiming it is harmful and unnecessary as it’s a neurotoxin or that it’s bad for children.

Expert Opinion:

Dr. Zhang: "Fluoride is a crucial ingredient in toothpaste that helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening the enamel. The claims against fluoride are often based on misinformation. Using fluoride toothpaste is one of the most effective ways to maintain dental health and prevent cavities."

Always Remember That TikTok Dental Hacks are Temporary Fixes

While TikTok can be a fun and engaging platform, it’s important to approach dental and oral health "hacks" with caution. These viral trends often provide temporary fixes that may not address underlying dental issues and can sometimes cause harm. Remember, TikTok is a great platform for information but it is a social media app so it's best to always consult with your dental professional before trying out new oral care practices that may seem unorthodox. The team at Oasis Dental Studio  are here to provide you with reliable and accurate information to ensure your smile stays healthy and bright.