Don’t Clean Your Teeth With Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, Dentist Warns | WIVT
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A dentist in El Paso, Texas is warning people against trying a dangerous new viral trend: cleaning their teeth with a Mr. Clean magic gum.
The trend has gained traction on the social media platform TikTok, with the original video gaining more than 255,000 likes since its publication in June.
Magic Eraser is a line of Mr. Clean brand cleaning pads made with chemicals that should not be consumed or used on any part of the body.
Dr Richard Black, Dean of the Hunt School of Dental Medicine, said attempting dangerous trends like this could damage your teeth for life.
“It’s one of the worst things you can do to your teeth because the bleach is too strong,” Black said. “It may work once, but if you keep doing it you’ll eradicate the enamel around your teeth.”
A Plano orthodontist responded to the video, saying the cleaning pad is made from melamine foam, which acts like “really abrasive sandpaper,” he said, which essentially cleans the enamel.
“She’s afraid of fluoride, but is she okay with using a magic eraser on her teeth?” He asked.
The company’s packaging warns users to “not use on skin or other parts of the body.”
Parent company Procter & Gamble did not immediately respond to a request for comment.