Dangerous Dental TikTok Trends

April 14, 2021
Kristin Hohman

Kristin Hohman serves as Associate Editor for DPR.

TikTok has sprouted a number of unhealthy trends that dental professionals need to be aware of.

Social media platforms have started and spread some fun and encouraging trends; consider how the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and, more recently, the quarantine family Olympics have gone viral just within the last several years. But just as these entertaining trends pop up, so too can dangerous ones.

Take, for instance, the ‘Kylie Jenner lip challenge’, where teens would use a shot glass or bottle to suction their lips in the effort to get the appearance of the reality star’s plump lips. Then there was the ‘Tide Pod Challenge’, where teens would eat laundry detergent and post the videos online.

TikTok, the popular short-form video app that allows users to post 15 to 60-second videos, has been the genesis of several of these kinds of challenges, several include dental health trends that are harmful to teeth, usually with irreversible effects.

Here are some of the most dangerous dental challenges trending on TikTok.

*Do not try this at home! Always consult your dental healthcare professional before attempting any DIY “hacks”.