Oral jewelry is an increasingly popular trend among
young people who want to make a social or fashion
statement or simply share an experience with friends.
Examples include tongue, cheek and lip rings.
Risks of piercings are:
Inflammation and infection around the piercing
Teeth and fillings are
fractured and chipped from the constant pounding they
get from the ring.
Gums receed and tooth roots get exposed with risk of
sensitivity and cavity
hIP HOP GRILLZ
"Famous hip hop rappers are now
wearing iced out grillz and fans get their bling bling just
like the stars"
The hip-hop culture has a new fashion trend. Individual
gold-capped teeth are out and grills and fronts are in.
removable mouthpieces are made of brass, gold, platinum or silver and
sometimes studded with jewels.
From a dental perspective,
improper use and care of fronts can result in serious gum
disease or cavities.
Snap-on grills do not fit particularly well in and around
the teeth and allow food and bacteria to get
trapped underneath, which can cause cavities or other
problems like gum disease, gum recession and bone loss.
Other dangers include allergic reactions to cheap metals and
adverse reactions to jewelry cleaners, which can burn gums.
It is necessary to aquire proper health maintenance
procedures by coming in for regular dental checkups and
making sure the gums stay healthy.