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Discovering the Dangers of Oral Piercings: A Guide for Potential Patients

April 30, 2024

Today, one thing is certain. Oral piercings, particularly those of the tongue and lips, have gained widespread popularity as forms of self-expression. However, beyond their aesthetic appeal, these body adornments pose significant risks to your oral health and overall well-being.

The Hidden Risks of Tongue Piercings

Tongue piercings involve inserting jewelry through the tongue's muscular tissue, creating a piercing that will come into direct contact with teeth and gums. Among the primary risks associated with tongue piercings are local and systemic infections. According to reports from the American Dental Association, infections occur more commonly with tongue piercings than other types of piercings. This is due to a combination of factors such as possible lack of sterilization and infection control during the piercing process, as well as the presence of a large number of bacteria in your mouth that can contribute to an infection.

It's also important to note that metal tongue jewelry can chip or fracture teeth, particularly if individuals habitually bite down on the piercing. Moreover, a tongue piercing can contribute to gum recession over time, as the jewelry can irritate and injure delicate gum tissue.

Lip Piercings: A Different Kind of Risk

Lip piercings, whether located on the upper or lower lip, also pose significant risks to your oral health. Like tongue piercings, lip jewelry can cause dental trauma when it comes into contact with the teeth during speech, eating, or other oral activities. As with tongue piercing, lip jewelry can create an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive, increasing the risk of inflammation and infection.

Other Oral Piercing Complications

Beyond dental concerns, oral piercings can lead to a range of complications affecting overall well-being. Tongue piercings, in particular, may interfere with speech articulation, causing lisps or difficulty pronouncing certain sounds. Moreover, the presence of oral piercings increases the risk of soft tissue injuries, such as lacerations or puncture wounds, which can become infected if not properly cared for. In severe cases, oral piercings have been associated with serious complications, including nerve damage, excessive bleeding, and allergic reactions to metal jewelry.

Protecting Your Smile and Health

At the office of New Smile Dentistry, we're dedicated to providing care that protects and ensures optimal oral health and beautiful smiles. While oral piercings may represent a popular form of self-expression, they come with significant risks that should not be ignored. If you currently have an oral piercing and intend to keep it, remember to prioritize regular dental check-ups and diligent oral hygiene practices. It's the best way to mitigate potential risks and preserve your smile for years to come.

If you're considering getting an oral piercing or already have one, don't hesitate to reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable staff at the office of New Smile Dentistry. We'll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about maintaining good oral health while enjoying your unique style.

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