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Dentist warns of potential problems with do-it-yourself teeth whitening videos

WRAL's Leslie Moreno spoke to an area dentist about the potential dangers associated with TikTok do-it-yourself teeth whitening tips that are on social media.

WRAL's Leslie Moreno spoke to an area dentist about the potential dangers associated with TikTok do-it-yourself teeth whitening tips that are on social media.

Reporter: Leslie MorenoWeb Editor: Jason O. BoydPosted Updated
LATEST BEGINNING ON FOX 50 . >>> AND A WARNING ABOUT DO-IT- YOURSELF TEETH WHITENING VIDEOS, LIKE THIS ONE ON INSTAGRAM. WE HAVE LESLIE MORENO WITH THE ALERT FROM THE DENTAL SOCIETY AND VICE FROM A DENTIST ABOUT WHY YOU SHOULD PROCEED WITH CAUTION. >> Reporter: DEBRA, THERE ARE MILLIONS OF THESE VIDEOS ONLINE. I SPOKE WITH A DOCTOR IN RALEIGH WHO SAID IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT MANY OF THIS HAS NOT BEEN TESTED OR PROVEN SAFE. WITH SO MANY OPTIONS IT IS JUST BEST TO CONSULT WITH YOUR DENTIST. YOU MAY HAVE SEEN THESE VIDEOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA. TOOTHPASTE, BAKING SODA, AND ALUMINUM FOIL. THE VIDEOS ABOUT TEETH WHITENING MAKEUP 330 MILLION VIEWS. SOME RECOMMEND APPLYING BLEACH TO AVOID EXPENSIVE OVER- THE-COUNTER TREATMENT. >> I'VE NOT SEEN THESE WORK OUT VERY WELL. I'VE SEEN A LOT OF PEOPLE TRY. >> Reporter: DR. JUSTIN RUSSO SAYS HE ADMIRES THE CREATIVITY, BUT YOU MAY BE DAMAGING YOUR TEETH . >> YOU TO BE CAREFUL. IF IT IS STRONG ENOUGH TO TAKE OUT THE STAIN IT COULD ALSO BE THINNING OUT YOUR ENAMEL. >> Reporter: HE SAID THE REACTION CAN BRING YOUR ENAMEL DOWN, WHICH DOESN'T GROW BACK . >> THINGS CAN GO RUN AND THEY OFTEN GO RUN. IF IT WAS EASY TO EXECUTE PROPERLY, A LOT OF TIMES THERE WOULDN'T BE OFFICE SERVICES. >> Reporter: THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO AT HOME WITH THE NORTH CAROLINA DENTAL SOCIETY SAYS THAT THESE THREE ARE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE. BRUSHING AND FLOSSING, GOOD NUTRITION, AND USING A.D.A. APPROVED WHITENING PRODUCTS. >> I WOULD TRY QUEST BRIGHTENING BEFORE I WOULD SEEK IN OFFICE TREATMENT FOR ANYTHING BEYOND THAT LEVEL. >> Reporter: THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS CAUSE PERMANENT DAMAGE, WHICH CAN BE COSTLY . >> Reporter: DR. RUSSO SAYS THE FEAR OF GETTING COVID-19 ME TO BE A REASON WHY PATIENTS ARE OPTING FOR THESE DO-IT-YOURSELF OPTIONS INSTEAD OF GOING TO THE DENTIST. HE SAID IF THIS IS THE CASE,

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