People whitened their teeth using a magic eraser sponge on TikTok last year. Some people say using the magic eraser on your teeth is safe and effective.
Their videos are filled with before-and-after images depicting the transformation from yellow, stained teeth to white, shining teeth. So, is this magical eraser truly tooth-safe?
For a variety of reasons, medical professionals such as doctors and dentists have advised patients to avoid brushing their teeth with magic eraser sponges.
The sponges are abrasive in the first place, so they're not ideal for cleaning. Because they remove the top layer of enamel, they may be efficient at whitening teeth.
The enamel protects your teeth from damage and disease, says Detroit dentist Dr. Zainab Mackie. So, thin or broken enamel might cause gum disease or sensitivity.
It is also possible that the chemicals in magic eraser sponges, such as formaldehyde and sulfurous acid, can irritate your skin and mouth.
These are not the kinds of things you want to put in your mouth or rub against your gums. TikTok has a lot of great beauty tips, but it shouldn't be your go-to for dental health advice.
You can replace this with oil-pulling, in which you swish a mouthful of coconut oil for a few minutes before spitting it out. Oil pulling is supposed to remove plaque and bacteria from the teeth.
For a whiter smile, brushing your teeth with baking soda once or twice a month is another option. Dentists, on the other hand, advise against doing this too frequently.