Body piercings are a common form of self-expression. This post from Crystal Dental Group in High Point is for those who currently have an oral piercing or are considering one.
Since this is a dental blog, you may expect us to raise all sorts of alarms warning of the dangers of piercings. You are right. Unfortunately, these piercings and the jewelry they accommodate can lead to serious troubles with not only your teeth and mouth, but your entire body. These piercings can lead to tooth damage, decay, periodontal disease, tooth loss, bone recession, compromised immune system function and, in rare cases, death.
In general, any oral piercing is going to open you up to an array of dangerous oral infections and complications. The mouth is full of germs and introducing foreign objects permanently is not natural for your body’s health.
A tongue piercing can result in difficulty chewing with unnatural chewing patterns that may lead to swallowing issues. The jewelry produces excess saliva from the salivary glands, which throws off the natural balance of your oral cavity. Permanent nerve deterioration, excessive bleeding, and allergic reactions can also occur.
Metal jewelry also can easily come in contact with your teeth, leading to cracks, chips, or other damage. Your teeth are built to last a lifetime. Any damage compromises their stability and shorten their lifespan.
Though not technically a piercing, some people drill small holes in their teeth to place rhinestones or other jewelry. Drilling into a tooth is harmful for many reasons, including damage that can make a root canal necessary. The jewel also can attract bacteria that can directly go into the drilled cavity of the tooth.
At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we encourage patients with oral piercings to remove their jewelry before it puts their health at risk. If you intend to keep one, we advise you to have regular dental cleanings and check-ups. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.
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