Dental Grillz / Fashion Fads

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In recent decades due to the influence on music such as hip-hop artists and mainstream rappers, “Grills” (or Grillz) have been a widespread fashion staple statement. These fronts are decorative covers often made of materials such as gold, silver, or jewel-encrusted metals that can be placed over one tooth or more than one on the upper or lower teeth. They can be easily removed, but some wearers can have their teeth customized and altered permanently to their teeth. It is strongly advised that if you ever decide to modify any foreign metals on your teeth, always seek a professional to help. Otherwise, unprofessional attempts such as glue usage that is not meant for internal use can damage the teeth and gums. Some of these grills are made from materials that can cause irritation and allergic reactions. There is no known scientific research or studies that prove that decorative accessories are harmful to the mouth.

  • If you ever decide to wear a grill, please be advised that you should be careful, especially when you are brushing and flossing, being precautious of any dental issues.
  • Be aware that food and other debris can be an issue when it comes to food trapped in-between the teeth and grill.
  • Once the food is trapped, bacteria may form and manipulate into acids, which turn into bad breath, tooth decay, and gingivitis.
  • Decorative that is embedded can potentially wear down the enamel from the surrounding teeth and irritate oral tissues.

If you consider getting grills, make sure to consult your dentist to be informed with more information. Be sure to ask many questions and find out precisely what materials are the grill is made of to avoid dental problems in the future. Grills are a fashion trend for the time being, but maintaining your beautiful natural teeth will never go out of style.

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