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Grills, also known as grillz or fronts, have become a popular tooth accessory. These decorative covers snap onto teeth and can be silver, gold, or jewel encrusted. As trendy as grills have become, you may wonder if they are safe for your teeth.

Problems Grills Can Cause

There is not a lot of research on grills, so there isn’t any conclusive evidence that grills are harmful to teeth. However, there is no evidence that they are safe to wear either. Some problems excessive grill wearing could possibly cause include:

  • Wear or chips to opposing teeth.
  • Food and plaque buildup between teeth and grills (which can cause tooth decay or gum disease).
  • Irritation to oral tissue.
  • An allergic reaction to the metal of the grill.
  • Discoloring to teeth.
  • Problems with your bite (because of how the grill fits).
  • Shifting teeth.

Tooth Safety And Grills

If you wear grills, here are a few steps to follow in order to protect the health of your teeth:

  • Keep up on your oral hygiene routine.
  • Limit the amount of time you wear your grill.
  • Remove the grill before eating.
  • Clean your grill at least once a day (but not with jewelry cleaners that can harm your body).