You know those weird tooth-related questions you always want to ask a dental health expert, but never do? Things like . . . do at-home whitening hacks actually work? Do I have to skip all sweets? What braces colors actually look the best?
Those are the Q’s that licensed registered dental hygienist Avalene Roberts is currently answering on TikTok. Sometimes it’s basic hygiene, like how to brush and floss properly; during the pandemic, it’s been a lot of “I’m in pain. My dentist is closed. Where can I go?” she told POPSUGAR, or “I’m at home and I want to keep my teeth white. What should I do?”
Watch a couple of her TikToks and it’s clear that dental hygiene is Roberts’s passion. A native of Trinidad & Tobago, she’s been practicing in the New York area for 15 years but says that through TikTok, she’s been able to reach a whole new audience. “People all learn in different ways,” she said, and sometimes the best way to teach someone about best flossing practices is to learn a TikTok dance and flash a few pointers on the screen. (The dancing videos, BTW, are her favorite ones. “I love to dance, because it’s a stress reliever for me,” she said. “I sweat learning these dances!”)
Initially, Roberts was nervous about posting, knowing some of her colleagues would view it as unprofessional. Now that she’s started, though, she’s not going back. “There are a ton of people that are unaware of the information that we have and the knowledge that we have to share,” she said. People who can’t afford to go to the dentist or don’t have health insurance are often the ones reaching out to her, and “these are pearls of wisdom that we can give away.”
Roberts shares dental health tips and tricks every day, but what are hacks and trends she has seen that you definitely shouldn’t do? Keep reading to see what myths she busted for us, plus some of our favorite TikToks she’s done so far.
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