Dentists do not have anything against oral piercings, but they do not advise their patients to get one either. Oral piercings are a huge responsibility and people unprepared to assume it may have to deal with horrible infections that come as a package deal with it.
Why Dentists Do Not Recommend Oral Piercings?
As you know, your mouth is a home to millions of germs and bacteria. Oral piercings can cause your tongue and mouth to swell up like a balloon and obstruct your airway or choke you if a piece of your jewelry breaks off in your mouth.
The Unpleasant Side Effects of Oral Piercings
Dentists advise their patients not to pierce their lips, tongue, or uvula, as it can interfere with chewing, speech, or swallowing. Other problems it may cause you include:
Intense Pain and Swelling due to Infection
Tongue piercings can cause a person intense pain and swelling. Infections are the primary cause for pain. If you have contracted an infection, you need to visit your dentist promptly, before the infection become life threatening.
Can Damage Your Teeth, Gums, and Fillings
People with a tongue piercings may have a habit of playing with it. By playing with it, they can cause damage to their teeth, chipping them. People with fillings should prevent the urge to play with their piercing, as it can damage it as well.
Get an Allergic Reaction
Some people exhibit extreme hypersensitivity to metals. People who suffer an allergic reaction should immediately seek help from medical professional, as it can cause their tongue to swell up and block their airways.
Can Cause Nerve Damage
Tongue piercings can cause your tongue to go numb. Even though this is temporary, some people have reported suffering from permanent nerve damage as a result. It can alter the taste of the food in your mouth, damage the blood vessels, and restrict you from moving your mouth.
It can also cause increase the production of saliva and restrict the dentist from performing certain dental procedures such as x-rays. People will have to remove their tongue piercings before they visit their dentist.
What to Do If You Already Have an Oral Piercing
People with oral piercings should do the following things:
If they notice any indication of an infection, they should visit their dentist their immediately. Symptoms of an infection include chills, pain, swelling, fever, shaking, and red lines around the piercings.
Try to keep the oral piercing clean, rinsing the area after eating each meal to prevent an infection.
Do not click the oral piercing against your teeth.
When chewing your food or talking to someone, you need to be aware of the movement of the jewelry in your mouth.
Inspect the condition of the jewelry to see if it is broken.
If you play sports, you should remove the oral piercings and wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth.
Visit your dentist after every six months.
Saifee Family Dentistry wants people to know that oral piercings are a big responsibility that require upkeep and maintenance. If you are ready to take it, we are ready to help you maintain your oral health.