Some people accessorize with watches, handbags, or jewelry, but it’s not always on their arms or necks. Grills, a dental accessory that can be either temporary or permanent, can be a symbol of power or a flashy fashion accessory. It’s a way to surprise everyone around you with a glittering smile. These decorative tooth covers are frequently made out of precious metals like gold and silver, and can also be encrusted with diamonds. Some are snap-on accessories while others are permanent. But despite the statement they make, it doesn’t change the fact that there are still teeth underneath that shiny exterior that need proper care.
Not All That Glitters Is Gold
Grills, especially the permanent kind, can pose a difficult problem for oral hygiene. Though most of the grills you see on television and in magazines are the kind that you can snap on and off, they are generally pieces that have been specially made so that an artist of celebrity can make a statement at a public event. It’s important to note, however, that there has not been enough research done on these types of accessories to ascertain if they are safe in the long run. Taking them on and off may end up causing gum irritation or even lead to an allergic reaction. Some people have even tried to attach these accessories to their gums with glue, something you shouldn’t be putting in your mouth due to absorbing potentially poisonous chemicals and the damage to tooth enamel by adhesives.
Due Diligence, Do Diligent
For people with grills, it’s important to brush and floss your teeth several times a day. It’s far more likely that food and debris will get trapped like a rabbit in a snare, unable to escape despite your repeated attempts to floss and brush yourself food free. Those who choose to dress up their smiles are more prone to plaque buildup and tooth decay.
Because grills cover the surface of your teeth, they disrupt a natural process that prevents bacteria from making your teeth their new home. Our mouths naturally produce saliva. Along with brushing and flossing, saliva disrupts the bacteria from gaining a foothold and causing cavities as well as other serious dental problems.
With accessories, the bacteria become trapped between the tooth and the grill, causing damage to the tooth enamel and gums. Due to the friction caused by metal repeatedly rubbing against the front of your teeth, grills can wear away at precious tooth enamel. And while your grill may give you a glittering flash of gold and precious metals, over time, repeatedly wearing grills can cause teeth to become discolored.
Beauty (Can Be) Pain
If you already have a grill or it is something that you’ve been considering for a while, it’s important to have a plan in place to make wearing them sustainable. Make sure to ask your dentist about how it will affect your existing oral issues, and makes sure that your teeth and gums are in good shape before adding something else to the mix.
Additionally, it’s essential to remove your grills when you are eating in order to prevent food from getting stuck between the grills and your teeth. It’s also important to know what you’re investing in. A grill made from a less expensive base metal can end up causing harm to your gums and teeth, maybe for life. Some grills sit right up against the gums, meaning the gum irritation and bacterial buildup along the gum line are another cause for concern.
A Smile’s Best Friend
Since we were little, many of us were trained to fear the dentist. In cartoons, television, and horror movies, the dentist was a source of dread, but it doesn’t have to be. If you live in Simi Valley and the surrounding area, you’re in luck. Whether it’s grills, crowns, or a routine teeth cleaning, the Dental Group of Simi Valley has you covered. Cleaning around grills? No problem for dentists who’ve been practicing for over 2 decades and have nothing but glowing reviews.
With the help of a good dentist, especially one with an extensive background and lots of experience with cosmetic dentistry, you can maintain your dazzling smile and your dental health. Call us today for an appointment or to discuss any problems or concerns you have with your grill.