Don’t do it! Put lemon in your teeth is trendy in TikTok

Nadiona Ioana, influencer and tiktoker, uploaded a video to the platform showing this beauty trick. We tell you why you shouldn’t do it.

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Who doesn’t like to have a perfect smile? Sparkling white teeth are often synonymous with health and hygiene. For the same reason, many people look for inexpensive and homemade tricks to get the perfect smile.

TikTok has been setting different fashion trends. The latest of these is to put lemon on your teeth to get whiter and healthier teeth. But beware, not all that glitters is gold.

Nadiona Iona, an influencer and tiktoker, posted a video whitening her teeth with lemon. The viral video accumulated 370 thousand likes, and more than 2 million views in one week. It shows Nadina rubbing the lemon directly on her teeth.

Watch the video that went viral on TikTok:

@nadina_ioanaTeeth whitening hack 🙂🦷 #lemonchallenge#teethwhitening#asmrbeauty#asmrbelleza#blanqueamientodental#limon#limonchallenge#nadinaioana♬ original sound – Nadina Ioana

Why you should not put lemon on your teeth

According to Villalain Clinic this practice can “produce an irreversible wear of the enamel producing the loss of the same, giving rise to severe problems such as caries, sensitivity and structural loss of the teeth”.

And that is not all. Jorge Ferrús, periodontist and implantologist, talked to Cosmopolitan about the damage that lemon would produce on teeth.

“In the case of citric and acidic foods such as lemon, they can generate a problem of dental erosion. I am referring to lemon juice, concentrated fruit juices, orange… Erosion is a type of wear caused by the action of acids that are not naturally present in the mouth. Thus, little by little, the thickness of the enamel, that is, the external layer whose function is to protect the tooth from external aggressions, is reduced”, explains the expert.

Why you should not put lemon on your teeth

Ferrús also explained that citrus fruits are detrimental to teeth, as they produce irreversible damage to the enamel. In addition, they can give rise to “serious problems such as dental caries, sensitivity and loss of tooth structure”.

In fact, the doctor explained that lemon does not act as a whitener for teeth, but “acts as a natural lightener, but in an abrasive way. Therefore, it lightens the color but sacrifices oral health, since it damages the enamel and gums due to its abrasive effect”.

Finally, Ferrús indicated that to obtain a whiter smile, the solution is “to undergo professional teeth whitening, since the tricks and home remedies found on the Internet or the effects of whitening toothpastes, for example, are not enough to achieve white teeth without damaging or harming the health of your teeth,” he concluded.