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March 2, 2012

Rock Star Dental Habits

February was a month full of awards shows, including the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. As your favorite musicians accepted their awards, what did their smiles look like? Dr. Pate can help protect your teeth from some common destructive rock-star habits.

Oral Habits

Some rockers have wild lifestyles. Drug, tobacco, and alcohol use can damage their smiles. First, these products contribute to stained teeth. Your teeth should not look the same gold color as your Grammy! Furthermore, these habits can lead to dry mouth and increase your risk of oral cancer. Most musicians should set an example to their young fans and avoid harmful habits to keep their smiles white and healthy.

Stage Accidents

Instrument wires and stage oils can make performances very hazardous. Slipping on stage or diving into the audience may cause oral injuries, like broken teeth or knocked out teeth. Actress-singer Hilary Duff admitted that she chipped four of her teeth on microphones, influencing her decision to get veneers. If rock stars plan rowdy dance moves, they should consider wearing mouth guards to protect their smiles against accidental injuries.

Energy Drinks

A busy tour schedule often requires all-night studio rehearsals and late-night traveling. To stay energized before a show, some rockers may rely on energy drinks, coffee, and other caffeinated beverages. Most of these drinks contain high amounts of sugar that can contribute to tooth decay. Furthermore, they are very acidic, which can erode tooth enamel. Coffee and other-dark colored drinks can also stain your teeth. Musicians should always drink water to stay hydrated, and proper eating and sleeping schedules will keep their bodies energized.

Competitive Trends

Celebrities are known for starting fashion trends to help stand out against their competitors and look “cool” for their fans. The idea of “grills,” or flashy teeth, is mostly associated with rappers. Kanye West, for example, had his bottom teeth permanently replaced with diamonds so he would seem flashier. Some musicians prefer natural-looking cosmetic work to improve their appearance. After another singer criticized his two front teeth, rapper 50 Cent spent $63,000 to have his large gap repaired. Musicians need to maintain a flashy, updated style to stay popular and look good on stage.

If you dream of being a rock star, visit Dr. Pate first to make sure your mouth can handle the pressure. Contact Dr. Pate at Dentistry in Buckhead at (404) 266-9424 to request an appointment. He offers preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatments to give you an award-winning smile.

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