Tammy Davenport, at About.com:Dental Care, recently posted an article about the problems associated with oral piercings -- including those done in the tongue, lips, and cheeks. Some of the problems associated with oral piercings include:
- Fractured or chipped teeth
- Tooth loss
- Gum damage
- Loss of taste
- Mouth sores
One thing not covered in the article? Dental grills.
According to the ADA, no study exists that shows potential problems with grills; however, no study exists that doesn't show long-term problems, either.
The ADA advises that grill wearers "be especially careful about brushing and flossing to prevent potential problems. Food and other debris may become trapped between the teeth and the grill allowing bacteria to collect and produce acids. The acids can cause tooth decay and harm gum tissue. Bacteria may also contribute to bad breath. There also is the potential for grills to irritate surrounding oral tissues and to wear the enamel away on the opposing teeth."
In addition, improperly applied grills can change one's "bite" as well as fracture teeth, so it's really important that a dental professional apply them.