The Risks of Oral Piercings

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Before you decide to have your tongue pierced, it is important to realize that there are risks involved. While oral piercings may look cool or make a statement, they can lead to complications if you don’t take proper precautions. While not all oral piercings lead to complications, those that decide to get pierced should understand the risks.
One reason oral piercings are very popular is because there are many options available. You can get a common midline tongue piercing, or you could get a frenulum or labret piercing. The jewelry itself can come in a number of shapes, designs, and sizes. Depending on the size, location, and number of your piercings you have, you should be aware that extra care and more frequent examinations by the dentist might be required.
You should take extra caution to prevent new tongue piercings from becoming infected during the vulnerable 4 to 6 weeks that the tongue takes to heal. The human mouth is full of bacteria which can enter the bloodstream through an open sore and cause diseases such as endocarditis.
Oral jewelry such as tongue studs can be tempting to click against your teeth. Constant clicking can severely damage the enamel of your teeth and can cause cracks and fractures. It is also common for people with tongue piercings to want to press the jewelry against the teeth or into gaps in the teeth. This constant pressure on the teeth can cause them to shift or become crooked.
For more information about oral piercings or the risks involved, please feel free to contact our office at Blue Ribbon Dental.