There are a lot of reasons people search out oral piercings. Some people feel that it compliments their physical appearance. After all, they are extremely popular, and piercings are a way to assert control over your own body and express yourself. However, very few people understand the affects that piercings have on their oral health. There are health risks associated with oral piercings that may not be present with other piercing types. If you have any questions regarding your risk of developing complications related to oral piercing you plan to get, or oral piercings you already have, contact your cosmetic dentist Davidson NC.
What Dangers Are Associated with Oral Piercings?
There are a lot of dangers to your oral health, and many of them are more dangerous than having a stud or ring in your lip. However, there are some reasons that oral piercings put your health at risk, and in some cases, these risks can be significant.
What Risks Are Associated with Getting Oral Piercings
There are risks that are directly associated with oral piercings. These risks are associated with how your body responds, to the foreign object and also the maintenance of the facility.
Possibility of Infection
Our mouths are full of bacteria that can cause infection, especially if skin that is exposed to this bacterium is punctured. Our mouths are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and the growth of microorganisms. Even after your piercing has healed, it is always at risk for developing an infection. Any infection in the mouth poses the risk of being spread to your tongue, which can swell and block your airway. It is difficult to completely clear up an infection in the mouth because it is constantly exposed to bacteria. Infections inside the mouth can easily spread into the blood stream, leading to infections in other organs.
Permanent Nerve Damage
A piercing that is not properly placed, or that is completed by an amateur, can cause serious and potentially permanent nerve damage. After receiving a tongue piercing, the majority of people experience some degree of numbness in their tongue. For many people, this is only temporary. However, some people experience it permanent, after their piercing. Since there are active blood vessels in the tongue that if pierced, or nicked, can cause severe bleeding.
Potential for Contracting Diseases
Since many locations that pierce do not screen their employees regularly, and not all employees follow protocols recommended for piercing, which could cause you to be exposed to hepatitis.
Increased Risk for Periodontal Disease
People who have oral piercings are at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease. The hole that holds your piercing is another location for bacteria to breed. The more bacteria that are in your mouth, the higher your risk is for developing serious dental issues.
If you are planning a new oral piercing, or you already have a piercing, you should contact your cosmetic dentist to receive instructions on how to properly care for it without placing your oral health at risk. If your piercing becomes infected at any time, you should contact your dentist right away to receive the appropriate treatment.