Considering an Oral Piercing? Why You Should Say “No”

Oral PiercingGetting an oral piercing might seem like something fun and unique to try, however, it can have serious dental implications that you might not be aware of. And although having your tongue or lip pierced may make you look cool in front of your friends, you may not be too thrilled by the amount of dental visits you may have to make to see Dr. Joel Smith. If you are considering getting an oral piercing, read on to learn more about why you should learn to say “no” to this trend.

One of the biggest issues that patients run into when they get any type of body piercing— especially oral ones— is running into the risk of developing an infection. And although infections can be easily treated with an antibiotic, they are extremely painful and can even spread throughout your mouth if not treated immediately.

Typically exhibiting themselves through inflammation, pain, tenderness, redness, and the appearance of pus, infections due to oral piercings are nothing to mess around with.

Crack or Chip Your Teeth
Another thing that you may run into with oral piercings— especially tongue piercings— is the risk of cracking or damaging your teeth. As soon as your piercing comes into contact with your teeth under extreme blunt force, it can apply enough pressure to your teeth that they can crack or chip. For instance, if you were to get into a car accident or fall and hit your mouth, the likelihood of your piercing hitting your teeth and cracking or chipping them is pretty high.

Allergic Reactions
You may not realize that you are allergic to the metal in your piercing until after you get your piercing done which can cause things like extreme swelling and pain throughout your entire mouth. And, if left untreated, severe allergic reactions can even result in things such as an obstructed airway that limits your ability to breathe properly.

If you are considering getting your tongue or lip pierced, you may want to reconsider. To learn more about the dental risks associated with oral piercings, contact Dr. Joel Smith today!

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