Moonlight won the 2016 Academy Award for best picture, and as always any dental scene in a movie catches my attention. This image is of the actor Trevane Rhodes who plays the main character, Chiron, as an adult.
Toward the end of the movie Chiron goes back home to see an old friend who works in a diner. Chiron has what his friend calls, “fronts” I have heard them called grillz https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grill_(jewelry) which are metal “jewelry” for front teeth. You can see his front teeth are shiny silver in this image.
Chiron removes the fronts to eat and then puts them back. Ick! Putting metal over teeth that have food particles still stuck on them. I have to think that these fronts will cause some damage as the food and bacteria sits on the teeth not being washed away by saliva. And sure enough, the ADA agrees with me.
The Wiki article above quotes the American Dental Association saying that, “grills made from base metals could cause irritation or allergic reactions, and that bacteria trapped under a grill worn on a long-term basis could result in gum disease, cavities, or even bone loss” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grill.
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