Gold, silver and mother-of-pearl dental fixtures trace their roots back thousands of years; these days, custom-fitted gold dental castings -- commonly dubbed grillz or fronts -- play a flashy, opulent role in the fashion world. Rapper Flavor Flav helped to elevate grillz's popularity in the1980s and 90s, and pop stars from Madonna to Rihanna have sported them on the red carpet. Grillz of the 10-karat gold variety offer a strong and affordable option, but they are more prone to tarnishing than higher-karat fronts, making cleaning an especially important part of owning and wearing a 10K grill.
Items you will need
- Soft-bristled toothbrush
- Nonabrasive gold teeth cleaner (optional)
- Soft, nonabrasive cloth
- Gold-cleaning cloth
Remove your grill and gently brush the interior portion with a soft-bristled toothbrush and warm water, just as you would your teeth.
Fill a glass with mouthwash and soak the gold teeth in it overnight. When you remove the grill in the morning, rinse it thoroughly with warm water.
Pat the grill dry with a soft, nonabrasive cloth. To increase the shine of your grill's outer gold portion, use the soft-bristled toothbrush to apply an optional nonabrasive gold teeth cleaner -- available from jewelers who produce gold teeth -- according to the manufacturer's instructions. Polish all of the outer gold surfaces with a gold-cleaning cloth, using gentle circular motions.
Thoroughly brush and floss your teeth before wearing your grill to prevent oral infections and bacteria buildup.
To keep your grill clean and shiny, do not eat, drink or sleep while wearing it. Likewise, it's best not to smoke while wearing a front, but if you are a smoker, be aware that 18- to 24-karat grillz resist tarnishing better than 10K varieties.
Avoid wearing your gold teeth for more than 4 hours at a time.
For a heavy-duty, professional cleaning, bring your grill to the jeweler who fabricated it.
If you have permanent gold teeth, carefully brush your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Floss each day, pulling the floss from front to back rather than up and down to avoid dislodging the fixture.
Only use gold cleaners specifically formulated for gold teeth; do not use gold jewelry cleaners, which may be dangerous to ingest.
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- New York Magazine: Grillz Have Risen, But Do They Harm Your Teeth?
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- DBD Custom Jewelry: Gold Teeth FAQ
- Miami-Dade County Health Department: Mouth Grills and Dental Jewelry Can Harm Your Teeth
- Oral-B: Dental Grills: The Bad Things
- Journal of the American Dental Association: Grills, "Grillz" and Fronts
- DocShop: Dental Crowns
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