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Risks and Dangers of Oral Piercings

Are you thinking about an oral piercing? This including getting your lip pierced, your tongue, cheek, or even more extreme piercings. While this is a great form of self-expression, there are reasons why we don’t normally condone piercings. They can be a danger to your oral health and the piercings could put your dental health at risk.

There are several types of oral piercings that you should be aware of. The first is getting your tongue area pierced which include single and multiple piercings. The single hole through the center of the tongue is considered the safest of all the different piercings that can be done with your tongue. High-risk piercings include piercings in your cheeks, gums, and uvula.

The risksĀ that you need to keep in mind when you get an oral piercing, include infection, migration or rejection of the piercing, allergies, scars, abscess, teeth damage, tenderness, swelling, and the overall healing process of the piercing. The majority of the piercings that you might get in your mouth will cause a lot of bleeding, scabbing, and swelling. You need to be careful to keep the area cleaned. It might hurt or seem difficult to keep up with your oral hygiene when your mouth is swollen, which can increase the risk of infection. If the piercing is poorly done or badly placed, it can result in your teeth being damage.

In some extreme cases, you might need to replace the tooth altogether.

You also want to be careful of other issues, such as trauma. This can include yanking and tearing of the piercing. Accidents and injuries can happen so be sure to take care of the piercing.

Ways that you can take care of yourself after getting an oral piercing include getting a softer toothbrush. Your mouth might feel too swollen to deal with a firmer toothbrush but a softer toothbrush can encourage you to upkeep your dental and oral hygiene. Make sure that you are still brushing your teeth twice a day and rinsing with an alcohol-free mouthwash in order to keep your teeth in good shape.

Stopping the use of tobacco products can also help you prevent infection in your new oral piercing.

Make sure that you are avoiding foods and drinks that can irritate the piercing and cause it to scar. This includes spicy and salty foods. Alcohol should be avoided as well.

If there are instructions from the place where you got your piercing, be sure to follow those as well. These instructions should include taking an anti-inflammatory medication so your mouth does not run the risk of becoming inflamed. And lastly, be sure to keep your hands clean and thoroughly washed throughout the process of handling the piercings. That way, you are not transferring bacteria from your hands and other body parts to your piercing. If you have further concerns regarding the health and safety of your dental piercing, be sure to let us know and we will give you our best opinion on the situation.

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