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Oral piercings and oral health

Oral Piercings and Oral Health

Oral piercings, which are defined as a piercing of the tongue, lip, or other portion of the mouth, are becoming increasingly fashionable. In the event that your son or daughter want to have an oral piercing (or perhaps you yourself wish to have one!)

Here is a list of things to keep in mind about what an oral piercing entails in terms of oral health.

Oral piercing risks

Although an oral piercing may appear to be attractive, having something continually brushing against your teeth and gums can cause significant dental damage. The piercing can cause teeth to break or crack, which can result in an infection and even more severe issues. If it comes into contact with the gums, it can cause injury to the gums as well as recession of the gums. It has the potential to harm restorative dental treatment, such as crowns. Furthermore, because oral jewellery can produce excessive salivation, it can make it difficult to eat, swallow, and even speak properly when worn.
An oral piercing can potentially pose a risk to the health of the complete body as well as the mouth. Bacteria in the mouth could get into the site of the piercing and spread through the body, eventually causing endocarditis (inflammation of the heart).

Caring for an oral piercing

The most crucial piece of advise for anyone who has an oral piercing is to maintain their teeth and mouth as clean as possible. Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, and visit your dentist twice a year or anytime you suspect there may be something wrong.
Take your piercing out if you plan on participating in sports or indulging in an activity where there is a possibility that your piercing may become entangled in something or that someone will collide with you. Pens and pencils should not be inserted in your mouth because they might carry bacteria. You should also avoid fiddling with your piercing since it can cause infection. Also, refrain from using tobacco products.

If you or a member of your family is considering getting an oral piercing, make sure they understand how crucial it is to maintain it properly. Hopefully, there will be no problems with your child’s oral piercing, but if there are, you may always contact Langleys Dental Care.