TikTok Dental Trends: What You Should Never Try at Home

Hello, Orange Beach Family Dentistry community!

In today’s digital age, social media platforms like TikTok have become hotspots for the latest trends and hacks. From cooking tips to beauty secrets, there’s no shortage of creative content. However, not all trends are safe or beneficial—especially when it comes to your dental health. Here at Orange Beach Family Dentistry, we care deeply about your oral well-being. That’s why we’ve decided to highlight some popular TikTok dental trends that you should avoid. Let’s dive in and keep those smiles healthy and bright!

  • DIY Teeth Whitening with Household Products

One of the most alarming trends we’ve seen involves using household products like baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and even lemon juice to whiten teeth. While these items might seem harmless, they can actually cause significant damage to your enamel. Baking soda is abrasive and can wear down the protective enamel layer of your teeth, making them more susceptible to cavities. Hydrogen peroxide, in high concentrations, can irritate your gums and lead to increased sensitivity. Lemon juice, being highly acidic, can erode enamel and increase the risk of tooth decay. For safe and effective teeth whitening, always consult with a dental professional.

  • Teeth Filing with Nail Files

Yes, you read that right. Some TikTok users have taken to filing their teeth with nail files to achieve a more “even” look. This trend is particularly dangerous because it can permanently damage your enamel, leading to sensitivity, increased risk of cavities, and even tooth loss. Enamel does not regenerate, so any damage done is irreversible. If you’re unhappy with the shape of your teeth, orthodontic treatments or cosmetic procedures like veneers are safer, professional options.

  • Using Superglue for Dental Repairs

Another concerning trend is the use of superglue to fix broken or chipped teeth. Superglue is not designed for use in the mouth and can be toxic if ingested. Additionally, attempting to repair a tooth with superglue can result in improper alignment and further dental complications. If you experience a dental emergency, it’s crucial to seek professional help immediately.

  • Charcoal Toothpaste for Whitening

Activated charcoal toothpaste has gained popularity for its supposed whitening effects. However, there is limited scientific evidence to support these claims, and the abrasive nature of charcoal can damage your enamel. Over time, using charcoal toothpaste can lead to increased tooth sensitivity and a higher risk of cavities. For safe whitening options, consult with your dentist for recommendations.

  • Orthodontic DIY Kits

Straightening your teeth with DIY orthodontic kits might seem like a cost-effective solution, but it can have severe consequences. These kits often lack professional supervision and can cause misalignment, gum damage, and even tooth loss. Orthodontic treatments should always be conducted under the care of a licensed professional to ensure safe and effective results.

  • Rinsing with Hydrogen Peroxide

Some TikTok users advocate for using hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to whiten teeth and kill bacteria. While hydrogen peroxide is an ingredient in some professional whitening products, using it as a mouthwash can lead to gum irritation and other oral health issues if not used correctly. Always follow your dentist’s guidance when it comes to oral hygiene products.


While TikTok is a fun platform for discovering new ideas, it’s essential to approach dental trends with caution. Your oral health is vital, and experimenting with unverified and potentially harmful trends can lead to lasting damage. At Orange Beach Family Dentistry, we’re here to provide you with safe, professional care and advice. If you’re ever unsure about a dental trend or have questions about your oral health, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Stay safe, and keep smiling!

Warm regards,


The Orange Beach Family Dentistry Team