As a dentist, what do you think about the tooth gem trend?

Trends can be a fun way to feel part of the current culture. Some trends, however, might venture from a fun way to connect with your peers to a harmful practice, all in the name of following others. Are tooth gems an innocent and harmless trend, or do they carry weightier consequences? Dentists weighed in on this question. Keep reading to see what they have to say.
Dr. Ambika Amini

Dr. Ambika Amini

Founder of .

Fun and Harmless Fashion Statement

Tooth gems are a fun, and generally harmless fashion statement, in which small jewels are bonded to the surface of your teeth. Whether you have a tooth gem is down to individual taste. In a healthy, well-maintained mouth, they can be a fun temporary accessory.

If you’re thinking of getting a tooth gem, make sure this is applied by a dentist, who will safely bond it to your tooth without causing any damage. Tooth gems may fall off themselves, or you can have them removed by your dentist.

Make sure you’re brushing well with an electric toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste twice daily, to prevent plaque buildup and reduce chances of developing tooth decay.

Prioritize the Long-term Health of Your Teeth

Tooth gems are a fashionable cosmetic trend in which miniature diamonds or crystals adhere to the surface of teeth. Tooth jewels can potentially cause damage to the tooth structure if they are not applied properly or if the tooth beneath them is unhealthy.

In addition, improper placement of tooth gems can create a space where germs can collect, resulting in tooth decay and gum disease. If the stones are not maintained properly, they may become loose and fall off, which could cause choking or aspiration if eaten.

As a dentist, I would advise individuals to exercise caution while considering tooth jewels and to visit their dentist prior to undergoing any cosmetic dental procedure. Prioritize the long-term health of your teeth and gums over transitory cosmetic trends at all times.

Dr. Jennifer Silver

Dr. Jennifer Silver

Dentist at .
Dr. Kevin Ho

Dr. Kevin Ho

Creative Director at .

Popular Cosmetic Trend, Placement Should Be Done By Professionals

Tooth gems are a popular cosmetic trend where a small jewel is attached to a tooth with dental adhesive. They come in different shapes, sizes, and materials and last from a few months to a few years. However, improper placement or removal can cause tooth damage, gum irritation, hygiene issues, choking hazard, and infection risk. Choosing a reputable dental professional is important.

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