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Oral Piercings: The Hidden Risks to Your Health

dentist CarrolltonHas your dentist discussed the health risks of oral piercings? If not, you might be surprised to learn how this form of self-expression can have a negative impact on your health. While oral piercings are becoming increasingly popular, it is important to weigh their risks to make informed decisions. Following is helpful information about how oral piercings may present unwanted health concerns.

Piercings and Damage to Teeth

Many people with oral piercings, particularly tongue piercings, tend to develop a habit of tapping their piercings against their teeth. Over time, tapping metal against teeth will wear down their enamel layer and ultimately lead to developing chipped, cracked, and even broken teeth. When teeth are damaged in this way, dental restorations like fillings and crowns are necessary to prevent additional degradation of dental structures. Any risks one can reduce to preserve their teeth is a wise idea.

Increased Risk for Infections

Oral piercings are notorious for developing infections, especially in the beginning. Since the mouth is home to millions of bacteria, including a number of harmful varieties, these bacteria could easily infect piercing sites. Oral infections require professional intervention to treat and can be very dangerous to your health.

Reactions to Metal

Some people develop allergies to metals including silver, gold, nickel, and more. Allergic reactions can include severe symptoms such as swelling of the tongue and throat along with difficulty breathing.

Nerve Damage

It is possible to develop permanent nerve damage from oral piercings – especially tongue rings. The tongue is home to many nerves and damaging them could affect one’s sense of taste as well as impair one’s ability to move their tongue. It is important to understand the many risks associated with oral piercings so that you can make wise decisions about your health. If you are considering an oral piercing, we encourage you to discuss this with our dentist at your next appointment. Call Bliss Dental today to schedule a checkup or cleaning.