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Straight, white, healthy teeth make you attractive to others. Your teeth don’t really need their own jewelry to enhance your beauty. But we’ve all seen celebrities and artists who like to wear dental grills for a certain “look”.

Dental grills or “fronts” are simply fancy covers for the teeth. Made of precious metals like silver or gold, at times adorned with jewels, they are completely unnecessary ornamentation for the mouth.

There is no research to say that grills are harmful to your dental health, but many dentists refuse to supply them to patients because of a concern 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:

-Never eat while wearing your grill.

-Clean your grill every day with an antibacterial solution. Do not use cleaning products that are made for jewelry.

-Do not wear your grill every hour of the day. You should at least remove it each night. Give your teeth and gums a rest from the grills.

-Remember to brush your teeth before and after wearing your grill. You should be brushing at least twice a day, every day, but pay special attention to the gum line, and floss at least once daily to avoid gum disease.

If you are interested in getting a grill, Dr. Danlu Lee & Wendy Yeung would be happy to discuss it with you. Please contact Radiant Smiles Family Dentistry at: (425) 828.9721, or come by our office in Kirkland, Washington.