Oral Piercings & Dental Hygiene

Oral Piercings & Dental Hygiene

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Oral Piercings & Dental Hygiene

A woman with her tongue pierced

Before you receive body modification or piercing, it’s essential to know all the possible risks. More specifically, if you’re considering getting an oral piercing, there are a few risks to your dental health. 

Some of the health risks involved with oral piercings include:

  • Infection
  • Loss of taste
  • Chipped teeth
  • Gum damage
  • Tooth loss

 Infection is the most common of all of these risks. Millions of bacteria live in your mouth, which makes infection a likely complication of an oral piercing. It’s tough to get any piercing and not be always touching it or playing with it for the first little while, which introduces another way for bacteria to enter the piercing. Lastly, food debris can collect around oral piercings, adding a third source of additional bacteria.

 Oral piercings are notorious for making it more challenging to speak and eat, eat, and speak. However, many people also develop habits of playing with or chewing on their piercings, much like how some people bite their nails or chew on pens. This habit may cause cracked, fractured, or broken teeth. In minor cases, a dental filling can be used to fill small cracks, but if the fracture goes deep enough into the tooth, you may need to have a root canal or even remove the tooth altogether.

 Having an oral piercing at the same time as undergoing orthodontic treatment introduces another way of damaging dental health. To talk to your orthodontist about your oral piercing, please contact Kuhni Orthodontic Studio in Spanish Fork, Utah.

Posted on Jul 13, 2020
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