The latest fads hitting social media come and go, but your teeth will be around for a lifetime. At least, that’s the goal!

Be cautious as the next big fad you see online may be causing more harm than good for your teeth. After all – many of these fads come from non-scientifically proven methods, not from trained dentists.

Here, Dr Joe Oliver, who has treated a wide range of high-end clientele, shares 5 dental fads that could ruin your teeth!

1: Gems – sticking gems, stickers or even LED lights to the front of your teeth might seem like an ingenious way to bedazzle your mouth for that upcoming festival, but it’s a nightmare for your enamel. Once enamel goes, it cannot be brought back because it’s not a living tissue.

2: Lemon juice – some sources advocate using lemon juice to whiten your teeth… which is a terrible idea! Lemon juice is incredibly acidic leading to tooth erosion. Tooth erosion happens when acids wear away the enamel on teeth. Enamel erosion can be caused by the following: Excessive soft drink consumption (high levels of phosphoric and citric acids) and excessive fruit drinks consumption (some acids in fruit drinks are more erosive than battery acid!.

3: Tongue and lip piercings – mouth piercings cause regular knocks to your mouth that damage your teeth. They’re also the perfect breeding place for germs and bacteria if not cleaned properly.

4: Grills – grills are decorative tooth covers, popularised by rappers and YouTubers alike. Wearing them can irritate the gums and harbour bacteria.

5: Directly applied painkillers – painkillers that are applied directly to the teeth can damage them in the long-term due to chemical burns.

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Dr Joe Oliver, Cosmetic Dentist

Dr Oliver has worked for over 25 years specialising in cosmetic dentistry and has fitted in excess of 30,000 veneers. He started in an established cosmetic dental group where he became Clinical Director, teaching other dentists the latest techniques and the art of cosmetic dentistry. Dr Oliver is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and is the founder of the UK study body, Cosmetic Dental Seminars. These internationally recognised bodies are dedicated to the advancement of cosmetic dentistry and encourage high standards to be obtained ethically and responsibly by its members. Dr Oliver is also the co founder and Director of Education of Cosmetic Dental Seminars, the UK study body dedicated to providing state of the art courses, lectures and workshops in cosmetic dentistry. Dr Oliver's treatments have been widely featured on television, including on GM-TV, This Morning and Channel 4's Ten Years Younger. Numerous articles have also been written in the national press praising Dr Oliver's work including The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The London Evening Standard, as well as articles in the glossy magazines Marie Claire, Vogue, Brides, FHM, Men's Health, Closer, OK to name just a few.