Posted on 2/29/2020 by Elmwood Dental Group
|If you've been thinking about how cool that tongue piercing may be, you may be right, but then again when then get infected, and they almost always do, they can cause some serious oral health problems. It is difficult to be carefree, and “rebel without a cause” type when there are so many infections and other negative health side effects.
How Do Oral Piercings Affect Your Oral Health?Though many dentists may not like it, piercing is a very popular form of self-expression that can reflect a style and attitude -and is cool and daring. Oral piercings can be located on the tongue, lips, cheeks, and even the uvula and although very popular, they are not as already suggested above not safe.
The oral piercings are constantly and consistently exposed to moisture because of the highly moist environment present in your mouth and so it is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria which of course makes the piercing especially susceptible to infection.
So, in general, the oral piercing will often interfere with speech, chewing and swallowing, but it often times have had more serious side effects such as excessive drooling, pain, and swelling, chipped or cracked teeth, gum injuries and infections, filling damage, scar tissue and even nerve damage.
Remember that these side effects can manifest at any time after the procedure which means that you can still experience complications literally weeks and weeks after you receive an oral piercing. Because of the grave negative health effects of an oral piercing, it is crucial that you take special measures toward preserving your oral health with a piercing.
Improve Your Oral Hygiene RoutineIt goes without saying that basic oral hygiene should be an even greater concern. This means you should more strictly adhere to the dentist's recommendation of brushing at least twice a day, flossing regularly and visiting twice a year for checkups and dental cleanings.
It is a good idea to rinse with an antibacterial mouth rinse for 30 to 60 seconds after each meal because doing so will kill any residual bacteria after a meal that may cause infection if left alone for too long.
Purchase a new, soft-bristled toothbrush every month to prevent introducing bacteria into your mouth and avoid touching your piercing with your needs to ensure a quick healing process and reduce exposure to bacteria. Consult usfor additional help if you experience complications with any oral piercing.
If you are concerned about your oral piercing at all or feel you might have an infection, please call our office immediately for a consultation and further instruction.