Posted on 7/20/2019 by Neil Starr DDS PC
|Body piercings and tattoos are very popular these days. They are a form of self-expression and are now almost considered commonplace. Body piercings in the oral cavity, in particular, are what we dentists are most concerned about.
We are sure that you take great care in keeping your piercings clean and sterile when you change them, but just cleanliness isn't sufficient to prevent the problems that piercings can cause in your oral cavity. Tongue piercings are particularly damaging to your oral health.
What Problems Can Tongue Piercings Cause?The biggest problem with tongue piercings is that when you have one, you can't help playing with it inside your mouth. When you first get your tongue piercing you have to be particularly careful.
Your mouth is filled with bacteria and the environment in your mouth, moist, warm and dark, makes it the perfect place for bacteria to grow. That means that the first barrier you have is to ensure that the piercing heals without causing an infection. The next problem you could have is that your tongue could swell. If it swells too much it could cut off your airway. When you get your piercing to keep a close eye on it and if you have any pain or swelling come to see us.
Once you have your piercing you will be tempted to play with or bite the piercing. That means you will end up pushing it against your teeth or the roof of your mouth. Pushing it against your teeth and biting it can cause your tooth to get scratched or cracked, it can loosen fillings and it can cause problems for your gums. You could also start to produce too much saliva, which can cause drooling.
If you want more information on how to protect your oral health when you have a piercing, give us a call we'd be happy to give you tips and check for any problems.
Neil L. Starr, DDS, PC
1234 19th St NW #306
Washington, DC 20036