Many people find oral piercings cool and attractive, but it’s important to consider the health issues that are associated with oral piercings. Oral piercings to areas such as the tongue, lips,  cheeks or uvula can interfere with speech, chewing, or swallowing. Some other things that these piercings can cause include:

  • Infection - Your mouth is a great breeding ground for bacteria, this bacteria mixed with the wound created by the piercing is the perfect way for one to get an infection.

  • Damage to teeth - Oral piercings often cause scratched or cracked teeth. They can also cause damage to fillings.

  • Nerve damage - Sometimes, the nerves in the location of a piercing may be temporarily or permanently damaged after receiving the piercing.

  • Excessive saliva production - Oral piercings also often cause an increase in saliva production, which can lead to difficulties in daily oral activities.

  • Hypersensitivity to metals - It is possible for an allergic reaction to occur at the site of the piercing.

 
Before you make the decision to get an oral piercing, be certain to consider all of these possible negative effects on your oral health!
If you’ve got any other questions, feel free to contact us at Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475!