The Indian Medical Association has been urging its members to opt for the ‘alpha dental’ pill after it was reported that it could increase the length of the teeth by up to a month.
The pill, which is also known as ‘alpha hydroxy acid’, has been a controversial product in India for many years.
It has also been accused of being addictive, causing tooth decay and potentially causing brain damage.
According to the medical association, the beta hydroxy acids contained in the pill were ‘highly toxic’ to the body and could cause neurological damage.
The association is now urging its member hospitals to discontinue the beta acid.
Dr Kunal Kumar, president of the association, said, “The beta hydrolysis process was also responsible for causing damage to the skin and causing loss of hair.
It was reported after a patient suffered brain damage due to beta hydrolysate in the late 1990s.”
According to Kumar, the association is also concerned that the beta acids contained within the pill could lead to a higher risk of infection due to bacteria that can be transmitted through oral sex.
“In fact, the Beta Hydroxy Acid has also caused problems with oral sex in women.
The beta hydrooxy acids could also lead to serious bacterial infections if the bacteria becomes dominant in the mouth,” he added.
The beta acid is also linked to serious infections such as hepatitis C, herpes simplex and tuberculosis.
According the association’s website, “Alpha hydroxy Acids are the key ingredients in the beta and gamma hydroxy acids used in the manufacturing of Alpha Hydroxy Acetates.
Beta hydroxy acetates are used in a variety of different industries and pharmaceuticals”.
According to a study conducted in 2012, beta hydrosylation was the most common cause of oral cancer in Indian women.