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The American Dental Association is coming out against “grills,” the removable dental accessories made even more popular by rappers such as Paul Wall, Lil’ Jon, Nelly, and more. Dr. Matt Messina, a consumer advisor for the ADA, is doing what he can to speak out about the detrimental dental effects of the grills. According to a Reuters story:
“If someone brushed and flossed really well, put in a grill that fit well and was made of precious metals, kept it for an hour or two, snapped it back out and brushed and flossed again, there probably wouldn’t be a lot of problems, but that’s just not what people do,” Messina said. The grills themselves need to be cleaned daily as well.
The type of metal used to make the grill is a key factor. “The expensive grills made of gold or platinum — those are very biocompatible metals — they do okay with the body,” Messina said.
Cheap grills made of non-precious metals may be particularly troublesome, Messina said, because they contain a lot of nickel and other non-precious metals that can cause allergic reactions. It’s estimated that one in seven people have a metal allergy.
“What we are trying to do,” he said, “is get people to understand the risks involved before investing a lot of money in a grill or causing damage.”