Even though people have been piercing their bodies all over the world since ancient times, piercings have only recently started to lose their bad reputation. People of all ages and backgrounds have piercings now. Some facial piercings are even allowed in the workplace. Because of this, people are getting their tongues, lips, cheeks, and other parts of their mouths pierced more than ever before. At Dr. Motiwala Dental Clinic & Implant Centre, we think everyone should be able to express themselves however they want. At the same time, we know that some piercings can hurt the teeth and gums. Today, we want to tell you how earrings around the mouth can affect your oral health.
Types Of Piercings That Can Damage Teeth And Gums
The American Dental Association (ADA) warns people who like to change their bodies that any piercing with a part that goes inside the mouth can cause oral problems like swelling, bleeding, infection, chipped or broken teeth, gum loss, cuts, and more. Piercings can sometimes get stuck in the skin or cause a keloid, which is a buildup of hard tissue around the site of the piercing. Some of these problems can be fixed with surgery, while others can cause gum disease, tooth loss, and other problems. If you’re thinking about getting a mouth piercing, you should know that most doctors would tell you not to.
Some of the most popular piercings that can hurt your oral health are:
- Tongue Piercings
- Philtrum Piercings (the cleft just above the upper lip)
- Monroe Piercings (offset above the upper lip)
- Any Lower or Upper Lip Piercings
- Labret Piercings (centered below the lower lip)
Even though these are the most common piercings on the face, piercers are always finding new places to put metal, like the different frenula inside the mouth. Be aware that any touch between your jewelry and your gums, mouth tissues, or teeth could cause damage that could hurt your oral health in the long run.
The American Dental Association (ADA) says that oral piercings can sometimes lead to problems. One study found that up to 50% of people with lip piercings and 44% of people with tongue piercings will have their gums shrink. 26% of people who have their tongues pierced have hurt their teeth. Also, because it can be hard to clean oral piercings and because the mouth is a great place for germs to grow, the risk of infection right after an oral piercing is higher than after other types of piercings. If you’re thinking about getting a mouth piercing, we would tell you not to. If you already have an oral piercing, you should take it out before it hurts you in the long run.
Even though getting a mouth piercing is a way to show your individuality, we don’t think it’s worth the health risks. The staff at Dr. Motiwala Dental Clinic & Implant Centre can answer any questions you have about mouth piercings or any other part of your oral health. Set up your meeting right now!
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