Dentists on TikTok warn against this dangerous Halloween hack

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Dentists are warning people against this dangerous hack. (Photo: Getty Images)
Dentists are warning people against this dangerous hack. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dentists on TikTok are having to warn users not to use nail products in their mouths as people share various dangerous techniques for applying fake vampire fangs for Halloween.

As Oct. 31 quickly approaches, people are using the short form video app to show off the many ways that they’re preparing for their spooky Halloween night, including makeup looks and costume hacks. But when Whitney Kait, a user with 1.2 million TikTok followers, posted a video of her vampire look — followed by videos of her struggling to get her fake fangs off — experts had to step in.

“Well, f***,” Kait said matter-of-factly as she tried to pull the acrylic fangs off, before she started to freak out. Naturally, viewers started to worry as well.

“Please tell me you got them off,” one person wrote, before Kait responded with another video showing herself aggressively brushing her teeth in an attempt to get rid of the fangs. “OKAY I NEED ACTUAL HELP!!!!” Kait captioned the video. “I USED NAIL GLUE (yes I’m dumb) BUT HOW DO I GET THEM OFF!!!!!!!”

The video has more than 10 million views and also received attention from a couple of dentists, who responded to the video with some advice.

The consensus from both dentists is not to use nail glue in your mouth because it is poisonous and won’t come off. Michigan-based dentist Zainab Mackie, who goes by “Your TikTok Dentist,” according to her profile, even suggested another denture glue to achieve the same realistic fang look with no risk of damaging teeth.

“It’s going to be safe and easy to take off,” Mackie said in her video. “You can also use orthowax. This is not going to stay on the whole time but it’s good for pictures.”

According to Kait’s videos, her fangs stayed on for another two hours before she was finally able to get them off.

Other TikTok users have since demonstrated safer methods of applying fake fangs, by applying acrylic nails to the teeth with denture glue or using the kits made specifically for Halloween.

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