The Negative Effects of Oral Piercings
Facial piercings have become much more of a trend over the past couple of decades. Some people express themselves by having lip piercings or tongue piercings, while others actually have their cheeks or oral frenulum pierced! Unfortunately, mouth piercings can have hazardous effects to your oral health.
Particularly with tongue piercings, one of the biggest concerns is chipped, fractured, or even cracked teeth. Tongue jewelry can severely damage teeth, sometimes by even damaging or completely removing fillings! Just by talking, sleeping, or chewing, the jewelry can irritate or pick away at your teeth enamel.
Infections are another source of concern when getting piercings in and around the mouth. Every mouth is loaded with bacteria, and a swollen piercing can increase the chances of bacteria turning into a full-blown infection before you know it. Infection could also be caused by an allergy to the metal or jewelry used.
Pain and swelling are almost inevitable when getting a new piercing, but further… the tongue has many blood vessels and can lead to heavy bleeding if pierced in a bad spot. You could also more easily be at risk of blood-borne diseases!
In the case of lip rings or cheek piercings, the jewelry may rub against the teeth. But in addition, the gums can experience rubbing, which leads to receding gums and further damage. For adults, a major form of tooth loss is periodontal (gum) disease.
Did you know that oral piercings could lead to the inflammation of the heart valves and tissue? Yikes!! This serious issue is known as endocarditis.
If you previously had any dental work done to help your gums or correct teeth, why put something in your mouth that may disrupt or negate all of that work? Is it worth the possibility of gum disease, hepatitis B and C, or uncontrollable bleeding for a jewelry statement? Speech impediments are a known side effect, as well as nerve damage! The American Dental Association advises against oral piercings because of all the risks associated.
Are you or someone you know dead-set on getting an oral piercing? Make sure that the piercer is licensed and experienced, as well as works in a clean, reputable shop. It is extremely important to also take good care of your mouth and overall health. Just to be safe, schedule your next appointment with us this holiday season. Or give us a call if you have any questions or concerns about the state of your oral health.