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How Do Oral Piercings Affect Your Teeth?


lip-piercing-austin-oral-surgery-300x273If you talk to most dentists, they’d probably advise you against getting any kind of oral piercing. That’s because piercings in or around the oral cavity can lead to serious dental and health problems.

  • Damage to Teeth and Gums. The common habit of playing with your piercing can lead to cracked and sensitive teeth, damage to any fillings you have, and harm to your gums.
  • Infection. Tongue piercings are particularly susceptible to infection because the moist environment in your mouth is ideal for bacterial growth. An infection can quickly become life threatening if not treated properly.
  • Nerve Damage. A tongue piercing could cause your tongue to go numb permanently, affecting your sense of taste and how you move your mouth.
  • Drooling. Tongue piercings are known to cause excessive saliva production and thereby drooling. While it’s not necessarily a health problem, drooling may not be so good for your social life.

If you already have a piercing, make sure you take steps to mitigate any potential problems. Always keep the piercing site clean and use a mouthwash after every meal. Try to avoid clicking the jewelry against your teeth. When taking part in sports, remove the jewelry and wear a mouth guard. If you experience swelling at the piercing site, pain, fever or chills, see a doctor immediately as these may be signs of infection.

To learn more about the possible health complications involved with piercings, contact Austin Oral Surgery today.