Archive for February 2019

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!

Prophylactic antibiotic premedication is when a dentist prescribes antibiotics before a dental procedure. The mouth is full of bacteria, which can make it’s way into the bloodstream in various ways. For a healthy immune system, this isn’t usually an issue, but some people have a higher risk of infection. Antibiotics prevent the bacteria in the mouth from spreading to other parts of the body.
 
Most people do not need prophylactic antibiotics, but for those that do, it can help avoid serious problems. Typically, patients who have any of the following may require antibiotic prophylactics:

  • Artificial heart valves.

  • A compromised immune system.

  • A history of infection in the heart valves.

Prophylactic antibiotics are typically administered either orally or intravenously, depending on the instructions of the prescribing dentist. There are a number of different procedures that prophylactic antibiotics may be used for, including tooth extractions, implants, root canals, and cleanings.
 
If you have any questions about prophylactic antibiotics, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.