‘Don’t whiten teeth with nail polish’ Thai medical technologist warns

Photo via Doctor Lab Panda Facebook page.

A Thai medical technologist is warning people not to whiten their teeth with nail polish.

A popular Facebook page, Doctor Lab Panda, warned against using nail polish to whiten teeth due to the dire health risks associated with it. Medical technologist Pakphum Dejhassadin, who runs the page, cautioned the public against the practice. He said that some make-up artists still use nail polish to whiten teeth, particularly in beauty contests. He explained that nail polish contains many harmful substances, including carcinogens, and should never be put in the mouth.

The main ingredients of nail polish include nitrocellulose, formaldehyde, resin, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. Dibutyl phthalate, which is commonly used in paints, insecticides, and plastics, is a carcinogen that causes birth defects. Anyone who is pregnant and breastfeeding is advised not to use it.

Formaldehyde, another carcinogen used in nail polish, hardens the varnish and sticks well to nails. It is toxic to the body, and its vapours, if inhaled, can lead to a burning nose, throat, and eyes, headache, nausea, and vomiting.

Toluene, a pungent solvent mixed with nail varnish, irritates the eyes and can be harmful to the nervous system if a lot of it is inhaled.

Pakphum also warned people not to eat food with one’s hands soon after painting their nails, as toxins from the nail polish can enter the mouth. He further cautioned that painting nail polish on the teeth is even more dangerous as it leads to direct exposure to these toxins. Instead, he suggested that people who want whiter teeth should visit a dentist.

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.