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Oral Piercings and Dental Issues


Posted on 6/15/2024 by Office - Dr. Anthony Hoffman
A person with a tongue piercing sticking out tongueOral piercings, including piercings of the tongue, lips, or cheeks, have represented one of the most increasingly popular body styles and art. However, despite the style they give, the wearer also needs to be aware of some dental complications they can cause.

Infection Risk


Oral piercings provide a good place for bacteria to hide. This may lead to infections with symptoms like swelling, pain, and redness. Good hygiene and routine dental checkups are important to avoid severe problems.

Teeth and Gum Damage


Metal jewelry can also easily crack or chip teeth while eating, speaking, or sleeping. Continuous rubbing of the jewelry on your gums can cause gum recession, a concern for your long-term oral health. That is another reason to visit the dentist regularly.

Interference With Normal Oral Functions


Piercings can make talking, chewing, and swallowing difficult. They may even exaggerate saliva production to the point of drooling. If these problems arise, consult your dentist.

Allergic Reactions


Take caution with the material used in your piercing; some may lead to allergies, which can bring about discomfort and other complications. In case of any negative reactions, remove the piercing immediately and seek medical assistance.

Prevention and Care


This includes brushing at least twice daily, cleaning the interdental spaces by flossing, and rinsing the mouth with antiseptic mouthwash. The area should be cleaned carefully to avoid infections. Regular dental checkups will help detect and manage any oral health problems that may be related to piercing.

Though oral piercing is a new fashion and a kind of self-expression, it comes with the responsibility of understanding the risks and diligence needed in oral care. It is one of the best methods to prevent yourself from severe dental complications.

Consult your dentist if you have an oral piercing or before deciding to get one. Special individual recommendations may be provided so that you can have a healthy smile. On the other hand, if you like to keep your style up, then your oral health also becomes part and parcel of it. Take care of your oral health with the same enthusiasm you have for your personal style.



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