Think Before You Pierce

The Dangers of Oral Piercing If you are considering puncturing your lip or tongue, this post is for you. Please consider the following:

Infection
Your mouth is full of bacteria. Any opening in the tissue carries the risk of infection. The germs from your tongue and mouth can easily get into your bloodstream. Dentists and doctors are continually treating acute infections caused by oral piercings. Oral infections can be a real problem and should be a major consideration before getting an oral piercing.

Tooth Damage
It should come as no surprise that having a piece of metal bang around in your mouth can easily damage tooth enamel. Though tooth enamel is amazingly strong, once it’s chipped or cracked, it can only be restored with artificial material. Fortunately, Oceanside Dental Excellence in Oceanside offers many tooth restoration options such as crowns and fillings, but our advice is to avoid the problem if you can.

Prolonged Bleeding and Swelling
The blood vessels in the tongue are often damaged when the tongue is pierced, causing prolonged bleeding and possible build-up of scar tissue. In some extreme cases, the tongue swells up enough to block the airway.

Gum Recession
A number of periodontal disease studies have shown that wearing oral jewelry is linked to periodontal disease which can bring about tooth loss. Periodontal disease can cause gum recession which exposes the root of your teeth, potentially causing hypersensitivity and pain. Again, our advice is to avoid the dilemma right from the start.

These are just a few of the dangers of oral piercings. Stephen and Kimberly Dankworth at Oceanside Dental Excellence can give you more important details about the risks of oral piercings. If you already have deterioration, call 760-439-3400 to schedule a consultation.

Contact Oceanside Dental Excellence:

760-439-3400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3762 Mission Ave Ste 104
Oceanside, California
92058

 

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