3 Ways Oral Piercings Impact Your Dental Health

chesapeake-dentistLip, tongue and cheek piercings are common forms of expression in today’s society, but how safe are they and to what extent do they affect your overall dental health? If you have oral piercings or are looking to get them in the future, here are a few things that are important to know about mouth jewelry and your health.

Cleanliness

People with oral piercings have been found to be at a higher risk for periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, more often than people without piercings. The gums of people with piercings are exposed to higher amounts of many different types of bacteria, causing the gums, especially in the front teeth, to recede, which in turn can lead to the disease. They are also at a higher risk of infections with the introduction of additional bacteria that the mouth is not used to having. Specifically in people sporting tongue piercings, bacteria build up can be a potentially serious problem. Bacteria thrive in your mouth and love to congregate around a foreign body such as a piercing. The microscopic germs establish small communities called biofilms on the surface of the piercing itself, and can establish immunities to different mouthwashes and possibly even antibiotics. More bacteria in your body leads to inflammation, which many physicians believe could result in serious overall health issues, including heart disease.

Tooth Health

Many people with oral piercings eventually end up with chipped teeth, mostly in the back of the mouth. Also, with the increased bacterial levels in the mouth, and the recession of the gums, it is more likely for the roots of teeth to become exposed, which can ultimately lead to tooth loss. If you notice any symptoms of receding gums due to an oral piercing, give our office a call at 555-555-5555 to schedule an appointment, so that we can help fix the problem before it escalates into something more serious.

Pain

Piercings are foreign objects and any contact they make with your body can cause irritation. As tongue, cheek and lip piercings move around in your mouth, they can make your gums bleed and become sore, which, in turn, can cause gingivitis. Because the piercing may also cause gum recession which exposes the root surfaces, it can result in extreme root surface sensitivity, especially to cold and hot beverages and food. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or signs of declining dental health due to an oral piercing, it is important to see your dentist. Give our office a call and we will be more than happy to help restore your oral health.


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