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Thinking About an Oral Piercing? Here’s What You Should Know.

People nowadays aren’t happy just to have their ears pierced – nose, belly, and oral piercings are getting more and more popular every day. However, if you are considering an oral piercing, there are some things you should know regarding your oral health and the cosmetic effects it may have on your teeth.

Caring for your oral piercing

If you decide to get an oral piercing (in your cheek, lip, or tongue), the most important thing you can do is to keep the site of the piercing clean. Keep up with brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day.

If you have a piercing, you should also make sure to avoid playing with it, and take it out if you are playing a sport or engaging in another strenuous activity where the piercing may be tugged on or ripped out. Stay away from tobacco products, and avoid putting objects in your mouth that may have bacteria, such as pens and pencils.

Are there risks of getting an oral piercing?

According to the American Dental Association, an oral piercing can come with quite a few risks. You should watch out for:

  • Infection, which can result if bacteria in your mouth gets into the site of your piercing. The risk of infection is increased if you have a piercing and also use tobacco products.
  • Heart problems, which can result when bacteria gets into your bloodstream through the piercing site and goes to your heart.
  • Gum injury and recession, which can result when the piercing constantly rubs against your gums.
  • Interference with talking and eating, which can result from excess saliva caused by your piercing.
  • Cracked or chipped teeth, which can result from jewelry constantly coming into contact with your teeth. Crowns are especially vulnerable to damage.

Perhaps the best thing you can do if you decide to get an oral piercing is to make sure that you see your dentist twice a year, or as soon as possible if you are having any sort of problem. Call Dr. Samuel Jirik’s office in Cabot, Arkansas, to make an appointment, at (501) 843-9561.

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