Oral Piercings and Your Oral Health
Oral piercings have become more common in recent years. Unfortunately, piercings in this area can have serious effects on health. Besides having a high risk of infection during healing, oral piercings can also crack teeth and cause other problems. Here is more about the health problems posed by oral piercings and precautions for those who are already expressing themselves in this way.
Oral piercings threaten oral health in several ways. The act of piercing can damage nerves, which can be permanent. Until oral piercings have healed, there is a high risk of infections that can become deadly. The jewelry worn in these piercings can damage teeth, gums and fillings and interfere with dental care. Finally, patients may find that they drool excessively after having their tongue pierced.
Precautions to Take
Patients who have already received oral piercings should take certain precautions to reduce their risk of serious problems. If any signs of infection emerge, a physician or dentist should be contacted immediately. Patients should also check their piercings regularly to prevent them from coming apart unexpectedly. Daily brushing and flossing should be performed, and the piercing site should always be kept clean. Finally, patients should stay conscious of their piercing to prevent mishaps and see Dr. Kashfian, dentist in Torrance, for check-ups at least once every six months.
All of these problems can be prevented by avoiding oral piercings. For patients who want one of these piercings anyway, it is important to consider the risks and precautions above to stay safer. Finally, patients can speak with our dentist for more information about how oral piercings affect oral health.