October 10, 2022

Just last year, the Carolina Dental Arts blog featured a warning about following the latest TikTok “dental hack” trend. That trend involved using melamine sponges in an attempt to whiten smiles. As the article clarified, this is a dangerous practice that actually permanently damages your teeth. Unfortunately, many people learned about this damage the hard way, just as they have learned of the damage caused by more social media dental hacks.

Why do people trust social media dental hacks?


Millions of people use TikTok and other social media on a daily basis. But they do not just use it to keep in touch with friends and loved ones. Social sites are actually convenient outlets for learning about the latest news and helpful tips from people around the world.

Unfortunately, people providing tips on social media are not always experienced professionals in their field. Still, avid followers and fans of these influencers take their suggestions very seriously. Many eagerly try what influencers suggest without seeking professional guidance beyond the app. This is unfortunately often the case for social media dental hacks, with many young people and even adults seemingly willing to risk damaging their smile to follow a trend.

There are many reasons why people trust social media dental hacks and are willing to risk their oral health. Primarily, people who try these hacks hope for instant results. Rationally, we all know that most good things in life take time and effort. Still, it is human nature to seek shortcuts. But just as followers hope for quick improvements to their smile by using social media dental hacks, they actually tend to experience quick damage instead. Unfortunately, dental damage is not always reversible.

Talk to Your Teen About the Dangers of Social Media Dental Hacks

If you are a parent to a young person who uses TicTok or other social media, it is very important that you discuss the dangers of social media dental hacks and others’ suggestions that can damage your teeth. Even if kids do not learn about supposed dental shortcuts through their smartphone, they may learn about them through their peers.

Explain to your preteen, teen or young adult that sometimes people try to follow social media dental hacks and other trends because they want quick and easy results. But rarely are such results good for personal health or oral hygiene.

For example, one woman on TikTok made a video showing her filing her teeth down with a standard nail file. She promoted this action as a great way to straighten your smile. After about a million people watched the video and many other creators copied the content and called it their own, thousands of people likely tried the method of filing their own teeth.

It was not long before app users flooded the comments on these videos, blasting the social media dental hack as a mistake that ruined their teeth. In the case of the nail file hack, many of these people needed dental restorations in their dentist’s office. These restorations likely included fillings, veneers, crowns and root canal treatments.

The outcome of this dental hack is a great illustration of how following random “dental” advice can damage your teeth. It is important for kids to know that teeth do not regrow precious tooth enamel. Enamel is the protective layer that prevents tooth decay and safeguards the more vulnerable inner parts of the tooth, the dentin and pulp. Other social media dental hacks also compromise the health of tooth enamel, as well as gum tissue.

How Other Social Media Dental Hacks Damage Your Teeth

Social media users also report dental damage after other suggested hacks on platforms like TikTok. This damage includes:

  • Melamine sponges like Magic Eraser wore down their enamel, causing teeth to appear discolored in the long run. At first teeth looked whiter, but then became sensitive. Some users reported cracking and chipping their teeth, too.
  • Rubber hair bands used to straighten teeth in place of braces incorrectly positions teeth, damaging tooth roots, gums and bone. Teeth can be lost in the process, requiring teeth replacement with partial dentures or dental implants.
  • Swishing straight hydrogen peroxide in the mouth or applying the solution directly to teeth causes tooth sensitivity. This attempt at tooth whitening also damages the gums and lips. While dentists use solutions that contain hydrogen peroxide for teeth whitening, they use safe, controlled concentrations.
  • Using raw charcoal to whiten teeth initially whitens teeth but wears down enamel at the same time. This exposes naturally yellow dentin beneath the enamel, permanently yellowing your teeth in the long run. Users also suffer tooth sensitivity from abrasive charcoal.

How to Achieve Your Healthiest Smile

If you want whiter teeth, straighter teeth or an even smile, following social media dental hacks will not achieve these results. If you attempt to create these results on your own, such as in using the dangerous methods above, you will only damage your teeth. Then, dental restorations and other treatments to repair the damage certainly costs more than most people want to spend.

Help yourself or your teen achieve the smile you want in a healthy manner. Schedule a visit with your dentist at Carolina Dental Arts to discuss the safe methods available for professional teeth whitening, teeth straightening and other smile correction. Visiting your dentist is the only sure way to achieve the results you want, without the damaging effects of social media dental hacks.



July 24, 2021

Using Melamine Sponges to Whiten Teeth

Multiple TikTok users have gone viral in the past few years for making suggestions related to oral health. But these so-called TikTok tips are proving a problem for dentists and patients, alike. The latest trend is one that supposedly helps whiten teeth. But it does so temporarily by irreversibly damaging your teeth’s precious enamel, the protective layer you cannot replace once it is gone.

Dangerous TikTok Trend: Using Melamine Sponges to Whiten Teeth

What is this TikTok Trend Said to Whiten Teeth?

A recent video produced by a TikTok user answered viewer questions about what she, the influencer, used to whiten teeth. But many people, particularly dentists, have found her answer shocking. She reports a long history of using Magic Erasers and similar melamine sponges to scrub away stains on her teeth. In fact, the user quotes a recent study into melamine sponges that said that these sponges can remove stains from teeth without the scratching often caused by toothbrushes.

Many people feel tempted by quick and easy ways to cosmetically improve their appearance and whiten teeth. But using a melamine sponge is not safe for your pearly whites. In fact, visiting your dentist provides safe ways to achieve the bright white, shining smile you want. Professional teeth whitening is safe for your teeth and gums and does not destroy or damage your precious tooth enamel, unlike using a melamine sponge.

Why is Using a Melamine Sponge to Whiten Teeth Dangerous?

Melamine sponges are designed to scrub grime from walls, countertops, floors and bathtubs. They are not designed for use on the body, according to Procter & Gamble. Procter & Gamble is the manufacturer of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, the best-selling erasing sponge brand. The brand reports that use on the body can cause abrasions. The sponges also contain toxins that are dangerous if swallowed.

Melamine foam, the primary ingredient in these household cleaning sponges, becomes hard and abrasive when mixed with water. In fact, the sponges share abrasive qualities with sandpaper. This abrasiveness permanently scrubs the enamel off of your teeth, not just surface stains. In comparison, professional teeth whitening in your dentist’s office safely whitens teeth without harming enamel or your gum tissues.

Some melamine sponges also contain alcohol ethoxylates that are poisonous when swallowed. Some experts say they contain formaldehyde, an ingredient in embalming fluid for people and animals. These chemicals can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, formaldehyde is also carcinogenic.

To understand how dangerous using melamine sponges to whiten teeth really is, consider the role of enamel in your oral health.


Enamel is the solid white top layer of your teeth, under which the next layer is more yellow. Enamel protects your teeth against decay. By wearing this protective layer away with these sponges, you actually put yourself at much greater, lifelong risk for cavities, tooth loss and a dingier smile. You will also likely experience increasing tooth sensitivity to hot, cold and sweet foods.

One of the biggest concerns about TikTok methods for whitening your teeth is the tendency of very young people to try these trends. Pre-teens and teens are particularly vulnerable to damaging their teeth through methods like these. This makes it very important that parents are aware of the trends and discuss the dangers with their children. It is a tragedy to cause irreversible damage to tooth enamel at a very young age. One such bad decision can affect tooth health for the rest of the individual’s life.

A Safer Way

Professional teeth whitening in your dentist’s office is the safest way to whiten teeth. Your dentist can also provide at-home teeth whitening kits for great results. As alternatives, you have the option of store bought teeth whitening strips. But these over-the-counter strips do not provide the more immediate, vibrant results of whitening methods in your dentist’s office.

If you want a brighter and whiter smile, schedule a visit with your Carolina Dental Arts dentist today. We have three locations to serve you, two in Raleigh and one in Goldsboro, NC. Contact us for appointment scheduling and to learn about your options to safely whiten teeth.



March 19, 2020

Gum Disease

If your dental exam and cleaning have revealed that you have gum disease. You need to know there are dental treatments that your dentist can provide that can help. You can also do your part at home to help keep this problem from getting worse.

Around 64 million Americans suffer from this disease in various stages. It is estimated that about 50% of Americans over the age of 30 have a more advanced form of gum disease. Getting the proper dental care from an experienced dentist can help to ensure you never join the ranks of advanced sufferers.

Gum Disease is Serious

During the early stages of this disease, you may notice that your gums are inflamed and you may find droplets of blood when you brush. Your gums may feel tender. In the later stages, your teeth can become loose and you may experience tooth loss. Recent studies have also linked gum disease and an increased risk of heart disease and other health issues. Gum disease is not something you can ignore.

Regular Dental Check-Ups

Making sure that you keep your regularly scheduled dental visits, with the best dentist in Raleigh, is a good preventive. Early interventions are vital in treating this disease and getting it under control. Regular teeth cleanings with your hygienist will remove plaque and tartar, two of the culprits in causing gum disease. Addressing decay before it is able to spread can also help to improve the health of your gums. You can turn around your oral health with regular dentist visits.

Healthy Teeth and Gums

If you have been diagnosed with the early stages of the disease, your dentist will likely recommend more frequent professional cleanings. This may mean visiting your dentist three or four times a year. You will also have to be proactive in your dental hygiene to offset any damage.

Talking frankly with your dentist about how you can improve your oral hygiene, making diet changes, and how far your gum disease has progressed will give you the information you need to turn things around.

Don’t panic if you have been diagnosed with gum disease, but do be proactive in getting the care that you need. There are solutions when you partner with the best dentist in Raleigh.


March 14, 2019

Do’s and Don’ts for Curing Your Mouth Ulcer

Curing Your Mouth Ulcer – Having an ulcer is an experience that most of you must have faced at one point or the other in your lives. And if you did have it at some point, you might not have forgotten your painful experience when you had to limit your eating and speaking as the pain was unbearable.

An ulcer in the mouth is like a cut or a scrape that can also occur on your lips, gums or tongue. One interesting thing to note is that contrary to common perception, smokers barely ail from mouth ulcer.

So, what causes a mouth ulcer? Usually, it is caused when you bite your own tongue accidentally or when your body has deficiency of vitamins and water. Oral blister or a mouth ulcer can also result due to overexposure from sun’s heat. Here is a comprehensive list to help you in curing your mouth ulcer.

Dos and Don’ts

  • You should drink plenty of water. You should preferably go for plain water. Just make sure that you carry enough water wherever you go.
  • Rush to your nearest drug store.
  • Try to indulge into all those activities that can result in lot of sweating so that you will feel like having more water.
  • Since drinking coffee can increase your body’s temperature, you should avoid taking it.
  • Try to chew and eat your food slowly as you would hate to have fresh blisters.
  • Do not eat a sour fruit since it constitutes a high ratio of salt that can dehydrate your body.
  • Finally, you need to be patient. It will take about two days for your new blister to grow bigger. The sore’s surface area may initially expand and after reaching the pick, it starts shrinking slowly.

We hope this list helps you in Curing Your Mouth Ulcer. Contact us to schedule your next appointment.



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