Currently, a lot of trends from the 90s are making comebacks. Styles, clothes, and even long-forgotten musical acts are experiencing a brief revival. Unfortunately, this also means another aspect of 90s pop culture has returned: the tooth gem. As more and more of our younger patients start considering a tooth gem, we would like to remind them of the potential dental damage. In today’s blog, we’re discussing the serious risks posed by tooth gems.
What are Tooth Gems?
A tooth gem is a small rhinestone jewel is attached to the surface of a tooth using an adhesive. Some are small stones in the center of the tooth, other times people elect to place a jewel-encrusted cap over their teeth. Finally, some go for the grill: a decorative cover that fits over most of a person’s front teeth, popularized by artists such as Lil Wayne and Jonathan Davis.
The Risks of Tooth Gems
With a gem, a person may develop a discolored area on the surface of the tooth. Over time, jeweled gems and caps may wear away the enamel, increasing the risk of tooth decay and infection. Without proper dental care, such as regular brushing and flossing, dental jewelry offers convenient hiding places for stray food particles and harmful bacteria. Finally, many people apply gems to their teeth using at-home kits. This increases the risk of damaging the tooth and causing complications, such as tooth decay.
The Dangers of Dental Grills
With dental grills, there are even more serious risks. Most grills made crafted using base metals, and as a result, may cause allergic reactions or irritate the gums. If worn longer than recommended, a grill can damage the surface of the teeth, removing enamel and exposing the teeth to bacteria.
Visit Your Williamsburg Dentist
Do you have any further questions about the risks of tooth gems and dental grills? Then talk to Dr. Steve Stensland today. He will gladly address any questions or concerns. If you require dental assistance or would like to learn more about our many services, contact our Williamsburg dental office today at 757-645-4055.