Oral piecing’s of the tongue, lips, or cheek or other soft tissues of the mouth. Often used for a form of self-expression. But can cause a risk to your oral cavity. Some of the risks are:
- Gum Recession- recessed gums may make your teeth sensitive or more vulnerable to decay
- Infection of the pierced area that can travel to the bloodstream
- Difficulty eating/difficult to talk/change or loss of taste.
- Damaged chipped or cracked teeth- if the jewelry hits the teeth, crowns or fillings it has a chance it can chip away, break the teeth or cause weakened tooth enamel.
If you do have an oral piercing here are some recommendations you can follow
- If you have signs of an infection around the oral piercing, contact your dental office immediately.
- Try to avoid clicking jewelry against teeth, as this can cause damage.
- When participating in any sports, remove if possible and wear a mouth guard.
- Always be sure to keep the site clean avoid placing unwashed hands in mouth. Rinse regularly with an antiseptic mouthwash.
- Keep up with regular cleanings and visits to your dental office.