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Like many young Americans, TikToker MJ (@_mjtv2) lives in his car to pursue his dreams


Like many young Americans, TikToker MJ (@_mjtv2) lives in his car to pursue his dreamsPhoto credit: TikTok/ _mjtv2
On his TikTok, he posted a video showing his viewers how he prepares for the day of homelessness


On his TikTok, he posted a video showing his viewers how he prepares for the day of homelessnessPhoto credit: TikTok/ _mjtv2

TikToker MJ (@_mjtv2) has spent over a year using his vehicle to pursue his dreams as a content creator in Los Angeles, regularly posting videos of his morning routine from his vehicle.

His routine is very similar to everyone else’s: making his bed, getting dressed, and brushing himself in front of the mirror before brushing his teeth.

However, instead of toothpaste, MJ uses coconut oil to keep his teeth clean.

In his video, he claims that coconut oil helps kill germs and remove plaque buildup.

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And while it’s a popular alternative to mint toothpaste, Dr. Jay Khorsandi, DDS told Byte.com that it is safe to brush with the oil, but it should not replace regular toothpaste.

Traditional toothpaste contains a key ingredient that fights tooth decay, unlike coconut oil: fluoride.

“Coconut oil toothpaste should not replace your standard toothpaste that contains remineralizing ingredients like fluoride,” Khorsandi said.

“Be sure to find a toothpaste that contains fluoride in addition to coconut or other natural ingredients.”

Other parts of his morning routine included filling up at a gas station and eating breakfast at the local restaurant.

Since MJ has built a large online following, he sometimes has his followers buy him food.

This time he had a henchman to thank for his breakfast – and promised that his fight would eventually come to a climax.

“Thank you so much for being part of my journey,” MJ wrote.

“From the bottom of my heart, I am overwhelmed by the support. I promise that I will not let myself or anyone who supports me get me down.”

MJ filmed a beautiful shot of the Los Angeles night skyline before inspiring his followers with a heartfelt message.

“My situation doesn’t define me and neither does yours,” he wrote.


TaraSubramaniam is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: tarasubramaniam@dailynationtoday.com.

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