Is it safe to file teeth

Dangerous TikTok trend: filing teeth with a nail file. Picture: screenshot youtube

Tiktokers file their teeth down - and drive dentists to despair

Fashion and beauty trends are spreading particularly quickly on social media. Beauty tips are widespread on YouTube, for example. Now a trend is making the rounds on Tiktok that is not as harmless as make-up tutorials on Youtube. Users file their teeth with a nail file.

The Chinese platform, which is currently threatened with a ban in the USA, is known for generating questionable trends at times. But the current one is likely to be one of the particularly stupid ones - because filing teeth is associated with a health risk that should not be underestimated. Dentists strongly warn against following the tiktok trend.

Dentist: trend causes "irreparable damage and destruction"

With this method, users try to file their unequal front teeth to the same length. Such a treatment costs money for dentists. On TikTok, the variant with the file is therefore touted as a cheap alternative. The videos show how many TikTok users are satisfied with the result. But dentists warn of the consequences of unprofessional self-treatment.

Dr. Kami Hoss, a dentist from California, said in an interview with the American news magazine "Inside Edition" that filing teeth is not the same as filing nails. Because "once the teeth are ground down, they no longer grow back," explains Hoss. Obviously, some users would not understand that.

Dr. Chad Evans, co-founder of the children's dental practice chain Smile Magic. "Fingernails grow back. Our teeth are permanent," he emphasized to the "Insider". In addition, teeth consist of different layers. The outer layer or tooth enamel is the most important layer as it protects the teeth from tooth decay. Evans therefore warns:

"If you remove the tooth structure and you don't know what you are doing, you are causing irreparable damage and destruction to your teeth."

Dr. Chad Evansquelle: insider

The dental hygienist Dr. Suhail Mohiuddin, who is a Tiktok user himself, also considers filing teeth to be dangerous. In a video he posted on TikTok, he tries to dissuade users from the trend by explaining the risks to them. In the worst case, a dead tooth could be the result, he emphasizes.

"A dead tooth means extensive and expensive treatment if you want to have it treated," he warns in the video. "So don't even think about it. Seriously."

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