While many of us love piercing our body to show self-expression, you may want to think twice when piercing your tongue or any other area around your mouth. That is because your mouth contains millions of bacteria and when a tongue is pierced there is a high risk of infection and swelling.

In addition to the serious potential of infection, which could lead to a variety of serious diseases including hepatitis, there are many other downsides with oral piercings. That includes:

  • The potential for cracking a tooth
  • Damage to the teeth, gums and fillings by repeated clicking of the jewelry against the teeth
  • The potential of choking if the piercing falls out
  • Nerve damage
  • Excessive drooling
  • Roadblocks during dental visits – for example, blocking X-rays

If you do though have an oral piercing your best option is to remove it. If though you want to keep it you will want to keep it clean using a mouth rinse, checking its tightness and visiting your Fresh Dental Smiles dentist regularly.

An oral piercing is an important proposition and shouldn’t be a spur of the moment decision. Make sure you are aware of this new added responsibility and are prepared for the attention and upkeep that is needed.

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