Are Grillz Bad for your Teeth?
What are Grillz?
Grillz, also commonly referred to as “grills” “slugs” or “fronts” are a popular jewelry accessory crafted to fit over, or on top of, your teeth. Grillz are typically made of solid gold (most grillz manufacturers offer 10 karat, 14 karat, and 18 karat options), sterling silver, diamonds, sapphires, ceramic, and other rare gemstones. Some companies make cheaper, plastic and gold-plated options, but for the purpose of this article we will solely be referring to the standard solid gold and diamond grillz options. Grillz are custom fitted over your teeth to upgrade your pearly whites to a solid gold, silver, or diamond set of one of a kind grillz.
Are Grillz Bad for your Teeth?
If you are debating whether or not you should purchase a set of grillz, you are probably wondering “Are grillz bad for your teeth?” The good news for you is that the answer is NO.
A study published by the American Dental Association revealed that there have not been any cases indicating that wearing quality grillz is bad for your teeth. There is, however, evidence indicating that wearing grillz made of non-precious metals can lead to irritation and allergic reactions in the gum area. Because of this, it is imperative that you shop with a reputable grillz manufacturer so you can be sure that you are purchasing a quality product that will not damage your teeth and gums.
The American Dental Association did point out that it would be wise of you to make an extra effort to brush and floss your teeth if you are frequently wearing your grillz. Food and other microscopic bacteria can naturally become trapped in your teeth throughout the day and if you are frequently wearing your grillz while going multiple days without brushing or flossing, this could cause a potential problem. If food and other debris is trapped between teeth or between your teeth and the grillz, then this could cause the bacteria to potentially produce acid which leads to tooth decay.
Do not worry tho, this can all be avoided by simply brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing as much as possible.
Be sure to remove your grillz before you eat, smoke, or drink any beverage other than water. Genuine grillz are made from precious metals and rare gemstones which can become tarnished and discolored from sugar or smoke. You would not want remnants of food sticking in your necklace, watch, or bracelet, so you should treat your custom grillz the same way.
Since you are ideally brushing your teeth twice a day, you should also remember to clean your grillz as often as possible. (link to how to clean grillz). We highly recommend you avoid using harmful chemicals when cleaning your grillz. If you choose to use harmful jewelry cleaner to care for your grillz and do not rinse them off with water properly before putting them back into your mouth, you risk ingesting harmful poisonous chemicals.
With all of that being said, it is highly advantageous for you to take extra good care of your teeth and grillz. Make sure you are bruising, flossing, and cleaning your grillz on a regular basis.
If you are still wondering “Do grillz mess up your teeth?” here are four things to remember to avoid any damage from wearing grillz:
1. Brush, floss, and clean your grillz daily
- If you do not take good care of your teeth and grillz, you will be inviting unwanted bacteria into your mouth which can cause bad breath and tooth decay.
2. Purchase your grillz from a reputable dealer
- If you want to assure yourself that you are only putting safe material into your mouth, you need to work with a reputable grillz dealer. Your mouth is a very sensitive part of your body, and putting harmful materials on your teeth can lead to unwanted dental and medical issues. It is important for you to choose a set of grillz made of pure gold or sterling silver, because other materials, such as nickel, can be harmful to your teeth and gums.
3. Do not try to modify your grillz
- Be careful taking your grillz on and off for the first time. Your teeth are delicate and if you try to bite into the grillz to force them to fit, you could chip a tooth. Do not try to attempt to make removable grillz permanent by adding harmful glues or other adhesive. (We have seen people try and fail at this which is why we have to mention it). There are permanent grillz options, but those require a visit to your local dental professional.
4. Clean your teeth before putting on grillz
- Make sure you clean your teeth before you put your grillz on. If you have bacteria or traces of food stuck in your teeth when you put on your set of gold teeth, this can potentially lead to cavities and bad breath
Bottom line is that there is no evidence showing that wearing grillz is harmful. Just be sure you practice good oral hygiene, clean your grillz regularly, and purchase your grillz from a trustworthy manufacturer so you know you are getting a high-quality set of teeth.
Are Grillz Removable?
Yes, most grillz options are made to give you the ability to remove them from your teeth when you decide not to wear them. There are, however, a good amount of people that choose to have their teeth permanently altered and set with gold caps or diamond teeth. Kodak Black has been known to go to the dentist from time to time to have his teeth permanently replaced with gold or diamond teeth replacements.
Most people prefer to have the ability to remove their grillz. For starters, it is not advised that you eat, smoke, or drink anything other than water with your grillz in. Your mouth is naturally a pretty dirty place because of unavoidable reasons such as plaque build-up. Smoking, eating food, and drinking liquids other than water is not encouraged.
We highly recommend that you remove your grillz throughout the day and clean them as much as possible. Your mouth naturally produces plaque and your saliva helps to keep your mouth clean. By constantly wearing your removable grillz, you are not allowing the saliva to interact with certain sections of your teeth.