Cleaning a Birdman Grill


Brian “Baby” Williams, more commonly known by the alias “Birdman,” is perhaps as famous for his grill -- slang for gold jewelry worn over the teeth -- as he is for his rhymes. The music mogul's flashy teeth consist of white gold-plated, diamond encrusted crowns said to have cost $500,000. Birdman's grill is permanently affixed to his teeth, so if you have one like his, you'll have to use cleaning methods that are white-gold friendly and safe to ingest.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Baking soda
  • Vegan dental floss
  • Create a “slurry,” or medium-density paste, with baking soda and water. Baking soda is nonabrasive and gentle, so it won't tarnish or scratch white gold or diamonds.

  • Add a nickel-sized dollop of the baking soda slurry to a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use an extra-soft toothbrush if possible.

  • Brush the inside, outside and chewing surface of your grill with the brush tilted at a 45-degree angle. Use short, back-and-forth strokes.

  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water. Don't use salt water as salt may tarnish white gold over time.

  • Floss your grill. Wrap 18 inches of floss around your two middle fingers, contour 1 to 2 inches of taut floss between your gold-plated teeth and make a short, back-and-forth motion. Do so between all the teeth in your grill. Use a wax-free, vegan floss to avoid exposing your grill to waxy buildup or scratches.

  • Repeat this process after every meal, in the morning and before going to bed at night.

Tips & Warnings

  • In time, you may have to return to your dentist and get the rhodium -- the coating that gives your white-gold grill its mirror-like shine -- refinished. You'll know the rhodium coating is weakening when your gold grill begins to become more yellow in appearance.

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