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Having straight, white, healthy teeth enhances your appearance. They don’t really need to be decorated to make you look good. But we’ve all seen celebrities and artists who like to wear dental grills.

Dental grills or “fronts” are simply decorative, sometimes bejeweled, covers for the teeth. Usually made of silver, gold, or other precious metals they are completely unnecessary jewelry for the mouth.

While some dentists believe that these accessories are detrimental, there is no research to say they are bad or good for your dental health. The concern is that they may trap food and foster bacteria in the mouth. Of course, the same types of arguments made against grills could be made about dentures, and the same potential issues are at play: bad breath, gum disease, tooth decay and loss of tooth enamel.

If you do decide you want to get a grill, follow these tips:

-Don’t eat while wearing your grill.
-Clean your grill daily with an antibacterial solution. Do not use cleaning products made for jewelry.
-Do not wear your grill all the time. You should at least remove it at night. Give your teeth and gums a rest
-Brush your teeth before and after wearing your grill. You should be brushing at least twice a day anyway, but pay special attention to the gum line, and floss at least once daily.

If you are interested in getting a grill, Dr. Alan J. White would be happy to discuss it with you. Please contact Dr. Alan J. White, D.D.S. at: 540-886-1979, or come by our office in Staunton, Virginia.