In recent years oral piercings have become much more common.
Though these piercings can often be dangerous for your oral health, there are some specific ways to manage things, reduce the likelihood of infection, and protect your teeth.
Will mouth piercings damage my teeth?
Risks and dangers:
Why do piercings make you more susceptible to infection?
- Infection: The mouth is a fertile breeding ground for an infinite amount of bacteria, and new bacteria are constantly growing. A new piercing is often more susceptible to infection, and severe infection can cause swelling, which can implement your breathing or (in severe cases) block your airway.
- Damaged teeth: Some people believe piercings are dangerous for oral health because the jewellery can chip your teeth if, for example, a tongue piercing repeatedly hits against the tooth.
- Allergic reactions to metals: Usually, the jewellery used for piercings is made from stainless steel. However, some people experience allergic reactions, slight irritations towards the jewellery, or new piercing. Using hot salt water can help reduce minor infections by drawing out the discharge and soothing painful
- Nerve damage: It is common to feel a numb tongue after your piercing, which is caused by nerve damage. Though usually temporary, some damage is permanent and can impact your sense of taste or how you move your mouth.
- X-rays: X-Rays are commonly used in dental practice to thoroughly examine what’s going on inside the teeth. Unfortunately, metal jewellery often obstructs these X-rays and can impact finding the best dental care solution.
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