Hollywood’s A-listers have been rocking a trend that has been making a comeback – grills! Although many of the bejeweled mouthpieces began with celebrity hop-hop artists of the ‘80s, they are back and making their way onto the red carpet – this time with the with the ladies. Celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Katy Perry and Rihanna, are just a few who have grinned and bared their glitzy grills. The only problem is that bejeweled dental appliances have been known to cause gum disease and tooth decay, say celebrity cosmetic dentists from Lowenberg, Lituchy and Kantor. If you just can’t seem to stop yourself from wearing this unsightly trend, Lowenberg, Lituchy and Kantor have tips to help avoid any grill-related damage. Wearing grills for an extended period of time can cause irritation and inflammation of gums, trapping food and acting like a magnet for bacteria to thrive and cause tooth decay, and should be treated like jewelry – put on to go out and taken off before bed. To prevent gum disease, grills must be cleaned diligently with toothpaste and hydrogen peroxide to kill oral bacteria. Grills must be made to not impinge on gums, or they will be an irritant within four hours – and unless grills are designed to fit perfectly within each mouth, it could cause undue stress on teeth. We at STRIPLV say, kill the grill – nothing shines better than a sparkly, pearly white smile – now that’s sexy!