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Viral social media dental posts: How do you respond?

April 16, 2024
Dentists are up against social media when they treat today's online patients. How do you and your team respond to some of the "advice" out there?
Meg Kaiser, Associate Editor

Dental professionals know they’re up against social media when it comes to where their patients get their dental care information. One dentist in London has captured quite a bit of media attention lately with her tips and hacks that went viral on social media.

Do you regularly visit TikTok and other social media outlets to check what your patients are watching? It’s a good idea to be prepared to respond, whether it’s to support the latest information offered in a video or refute the latest treatment trend. 

Dr. Shaadi Manouchehri, the clinical director at Smart Dental Aesthetics and director at the London School of Facial Esthetics in England, has nearly 275,000 followers on Tik Tok. She regularly dispenses advice, and like anything on social media, some of her videos have gone viral.

What do you think of her latest advice that has thousands of viewers responding? The advice is: don’t brush your teeth during these three times when you most want to brush your teeth. She explains that these times are immediately after vomiting, immediately after eating breakfast, and immediately after eating or drinking sweets. 

Dr. Manouchehri explains that all three instances involve acid, which people should not be brushing into their teeth. The bacteria on the teeth metabolize sugar and turn it into acid, and in the case of vomiting, the stomach contents that are rejected are very acidic.

She recommends drinking water, chewing sugar-free gum, or using mouthwash to take care of that immediate urge to brush, and then brushing 30 to 60 minutes later. 

What will you tell your patients when they ask about dental advice they see on TikTok? Read the article on Fox News.

Another recent TikTok post from Dr. Manouchehri that gained media attention was about a “hack” for those who drink a lot of coffee, black tea, or red wine. The bottom line? Don’t drink the beverage over a long period of time. Drink it within about an hour.

This parallels the “when not to brush” video in that she recommends people not brush immediately after consuming these drinks, also due to the acidic effect. In these drinks, tannins are also a problem, which stain teeth. 

Will you give her advice a thumbs up or thumbs down when your patients ask? Read more in the Mirror.