Posted on 6/30/2019 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
What may seem like a harmless trend could be seriously affecting your oral health in a negative way. Tongue, lip and cheek piercings may seem like a cool and semi non-permanent way to add a little bling to your life, but we are here to tell you that you may want to reconsider augmenting your appearance because the risks to your oral health are greater than you may expect.
Why Piercings Are Bad for Your Oral Health
One of the most common oral piercings that we see in our office is tongue piercings. This particular piercing is damaging to your health in a multitude of ways. Often when a barbell is placed through the tongue, it is topped on each end by a stainless-steel ball. It is easy to get into the habit of biting on the ball, or clicking it over the teeth.
Even if this is not a habit for you, it will click against your teeth as you chew or drink. This hard metal coming into contact with your teeth can damage them by leaving chips or small cracks in the teeth. Additionally, the ball can wear the enamel off of the teeth, making it easier for bacteria to begin eating away at the tooth causing decay.
Lip and cheek piercings can not only cause chipping and cracking of the teeth, but they can damage the root of the tooth that they rest against below your gum line. The unfamiliar pressing of a stud against the gum can cause irritation that can lead to infection and decay.
Germs The main reason we advise against oral piercings is that they can easily become infected. Our mouths are full of bacteria that are looking for places to hide and grow. Please carefully consider the risk you are taking, if you decide to get an oral piercing. If you do have one and you are noticing complications to your oral health, call our office right away and schedule a checkup.