Ask the Dentist: Make sure your kids aren’t fooled by online DIY ‘dentistry’

DO YOU know where your nail files, toilet bleach and power drill are at the moment? Well maybe you should make sure that these items are where you believe them to be and not in the hands of your children.

Videos on TikTok have young people promoting home remedies to improve the appearance of practically all body parts and the teeth are not escaping this Alice in Wonderland sorcery.

One of the suggestions being punted on the short videos is taking a nail file to smooth down the front teeth to “even them out” or level a jaggedy edge. Do not pass go or collect £200 – this should go straight into the big bag of bad ideas. Irreversible damage is being caused by this moment of fadness.

Maybe check with your children that they are aware that this can cause long-term sensitivity and try to explain that teeth are

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