Oral Piercings and Dentistry

Most people considering oral piercings are inconsiderate when it comes to the problems they may encounter in the short and long run due to such jewelries. However, there are others who treat the entire problem with extreme care, which may be a mistake in itself as piercings don’t influence each and every aspect related to the health of teeth.

Oral hygiene is of utmost importance if you have piercings in your tongue, lips or cheek. Any infection that may be in any way due to piercings influences both the health of the oral cavity and the systemic health. For example, if you have an infection of the lip, this will spread bacteria in your oral cavity (thus influencing the condition of your gums and, ultimately, of your teeth) and in your digestive tract. A similar scenario is even more worrying if the infection is due to piercings in your tongue.

In order to avoid such cases, if you still want an oral piercing or you already have one, you need to do the following things:

  • Talk to your dentist first and consider the risks;
  • Make sure you choose high quality materials for both the initial (medical) piercing and for the final jewelry;
  • Ask your doctor’s advice with regard to your dental hygiene;
  • Remove the piercing in case of infections;
  • Consult your doctor if you feel any discomfort after the curing process (a difference in the quality of the saliva; orthodontic issues; persistent taste of metal; dry mouth; etc.).

Here is a list with the most common medical conditions associated to oral piercings. Some of them are more common than others, but you should consider them all before going for the procedure:

  • Infection – the most common of all, it affects both the tissue of the lip / tongue and oral health;
  • Swelling – it is mainly associated to tongue piercings and they are generally not persistent. However, swellings of the gums may occur in some cases;
  • Gum damage;
  • Chipped teeth – not as common as it may seem, but it certainly is a condition more frequently seen in patients with tongue piercings;
  • Endodontic issues – mainly correlated to the health of the gums;
  • Mouth sores;
  • Degradation of taste – generally seen in patients with more than one piercing or wearing piercings for many years in a row.

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