Many people choose to get oral piercings as a form of self-expression, but they may not take their teeth into consideration before going to the piercing parlor. Piercing your tongue, cheeks, or lips involves greater health risks than ear piercings because the metal mixed with oral bacteria can increase chances of infection. Before having any part of your mouth pierced, you should consider seeking advice from one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental.
Oral piercings may look stylish and we don’t want to hinder you from expressing yourself, but it’s important to know what could happen if a piercing goes wrong. If you pierce your tongue, lips, or cheeks, it can interfere with speech, chewing, or swallowing. Because your mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria, an infection can quickly arise. Other side effects may include pain and swelling, chipped or cracked teeth, or injury to the gums. As long as your mouth stays free of infection and your oral piercings do not interfere with your daily function, they can stay in your mouth indefinitely. However, you should always visit us at the sign of a problem.
If you have questions regarding oral piercings and teeth, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.southerncrossfamilydentistry.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.