Having studs, barbells, and rings in your lips, cheek, and tongue may seem like the latest fashion trend to some people, but to dentists, it is disastrous. Dental professionals recognize the many problems oral piercings can cause to oral health, which is why they often discourage oral piercings. Keep reading to learn more.
Effects On Your Teeth
Oral piercings can knock about your mouth, hitting teeth repeatedly. This often results in chipped or fractured teeth, especially if you accidently bite down hard on a piercing. Piercings can not only damage the appearance of your teeth, but also the structure of your bite, causing malocclusion. Additionally, the metal in oral piercings can interfere with dental X-rays, making it harder for our dentist to detect cavities and other dental problems.
Effects On Your Mouth
As bad as the effects oral piercings have on teeth seem, they get even worse for the rest of the mouth. Here are a few problems they can cause:
- Infection and blood poisoning
- Swelling of the tongue, which can become so severe that it blocks the airway
- Altered speech and chewing
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Numbness as a result of nerve damage
Of course, routine brushing, flossing, and proper care for the piercing can prevent these problems from developing, but overall, it is best to avoid these issues by picking a healthier fashion statement than an oral piercing.