TikTok stunned by dentist debunking common toothpaste error: 'I'm mad I was lied to'
Dr. Gao Jye Teh is a Malaysia-based dentist who, like many professionals, decided during the course of the quarantine to join TikTok to spread dental awareness in simple 60-second videos.
He didn't get on the platform until September, but one of Dr. Gao's videos about toothpaste have already gone viral - with over 6 million views.
"Use the right amount of toothpaste," asks Dr. Gao in the caption. From the comments (and from this writer's personal experience) the answer is no.
Dr. Gao explains in the video that the amount of toothpaste that is shown in commercials - you know, that perfect toothpaste swish - is way too much. All you really need is a point the size of a pea.
For young children, especially children around the age of 3, all you need is a very thin smear.
"No, if my gums aren't bleeding and I'm not gagging on all the toothpaste lathering in my mouth, it's not clean enough," commented one person.
"You're not smart, you let us get cavities so you can make more money on our teeth," added another user.
Both realizations - why do so many of you brush until your gums are bleeding? - were common throughout the comment section of the video, but in reality, Dr. Gao not so diabolical.
In a previous video, he explains why you shouldn't overdo it with toothpaste.
"Trust me, it won't make your teeth cleaner," he says in the video. "It can cause dental fluorosis ... a cosmetic condition that causes a change in the appearance of tooth enamel. It can range from slight or slight discoloration, yellowing and cerebral spots, to obvious pits."
Tooth enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth. It can be treated cosmetically, but the damage is permanent.
"I'm pissed off that I was lied to when I was younger," someone replied.
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