Why You Should Think Twice Before Getting an Oral Piercing

West Columbia SC General DentistAt Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry, we’re all about celebrating individuality. We know that your unique style and fashion choices are what make you, you.
Channeling our energy into our work, we aim to help every patient look their very best. Some people opt to express themselves through trends such as oral piercing.
As much as we support your personal choice to get a lip or tongue piercing, we’re obligated to warn you of the potential dangers to your smile.

Complications From An Oral Piercing
Soon after getting a piercing you may suffer from:

  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Excess drooling
  • Impaired speech
  • Bleeding (such as if a vein in your tongue is punctured)

Even if you do get an oral piercing, it can take some time for it to look “cool.”

Oral Piercings And Oral Hygiene
Your mouth is naturally loaded with tons of bacteria. Some germs are harmless and others are not so friendly. The bacteria love to set up camp on teeth, dentures, braces, and any other spot they can hide out including oral jewelry.

How A Piercing Affects Your Teeth
Even if your piercing goes well and you keep it super-clean, your teeth can still be in for a load of trouble. The presence of a metal or plastic object constantly bumping against them can cause:

  • Enamel wear
  • Gum recession
  • Chips or fractures

So, while oral jewelry might make a statement, is it worth sacrificing a beautiful and comfortably-functioning smile?
Let our team help you make the best of the smile you have. We’re always ready to answer your questions and help you reach your smile goals! Call us today to schedule a visit to our West Columbia office.

Posted on behalf of Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry

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