Is your oral piercing affecting your oral health?

Pierced tongue while licking lollipop. You probably know at least one person with an oral piercing – they are quite popular nowadays. But if you are thinking about getting one, you should know that oral piercings can cause damage to your teeth, both cosmetically and from a health standpoint.

Damage caused by oral piercings

An oral piercing – that is, one in the tongue, lip, or another part of the mouth – can actually cause a lot of damage. It can rub against your gums, causing recession and damage; it can damage crowns or other restorative work you’ve had done; it can damage your teeth by causing chips or cracks, which can lead to infection and other problems. An oral piercing can even increase the amount of saliva in your mouth, making it difficult to chew, swallow, and talk.

Even more serious health problems can result from an oral piercing. Bacteria can get into your system through your piercing, causing infection – this risk is increased if you smoke. If this bacteria gets into your heart it can cause endocarditis, inflammation of the heart. If the needle used for the piercing wasn’t clean enough, you may be at risk for hepatitis B and C.

Caring for an oral piercing

If you have an oral piercing, the most important thing you can do for your dental health is to keep it and your mouth clean. Brush and floss often, and make sure you make regular visits to your dentist so that he or she can make sure your piercing isn’t causing any problems.

It is best to avoid tobacco products if you have an oral piercing. Avoid playing with it, and take it out if you will be playing a sport where there is a chance that it could get caught on something or someone (or something) might crash into you. Also, avoid putting objects into your mouth that might carry bacteria, such as pens and pencils.

Take special care of your oral health if you have an oral piercing. Brush, floss, and visit Pound Ridge Cosmetic Dentistry for cleanings – or if something just doesn’t seem right. Call 914-468-4759 for an appointment today!

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