Teens make choices that can have a lifetime of consequences. Oral piercings may “look cool” as a form of expression, but they have serious risks:
- Infection, pain and swelling: Your mouth is home to huge amounts of bacteria, and an ideal place for infection, which can become life threatening if not treated promptly. It’s also possible for a piercing to cause your tongue to swell, potentially blocking your airway.
- Damage to teeth and gums: We frequently see cracked teeth and fillings due to biting down on piercings, and gums can weaken as people play with their piercing. Tooth loss from piercings is a real concern.
- Nerve damage: After a piercing, most nerve damage is temporary, but can sometimes be permanent. This may affect your sense of taste, or how you move your mouth.
- Excessive drooling: Tongue piercings can increase saliva production…not a great look. If you already have an oral piercing, keep it clean by using a good mouth rinse after every meal. Be gentle and aware of the jewelry’s movement when talking and chewing, and avoid clicking the jewelry against teeth. Remove piercings during sports, and see your dentist regularly.
The best option is to consider removing mouth jewelry before it causes a problem. Don’t pierce on a whim. It will require constant attention and upkeep, and potentially have risks that outweigh the benefits.
If you have any pain or swelling, notice damage to your teeth or gums, or have excess drooling, please us call to arrange an appointment. We’ll do a professional cleaning and help you find a solution.