Nowadays oral piercings are popular and you will see them almost anywhere you go. While we understand the pull of piercings, and they can be a fun way to express yourself, we there are some drawbacks that we think may not be worth it. Here are a few things to consider before getting an oral piercing.
Types of oral piercings
Lip piercings are the most common type of piercing when it comes to the mouth, and these can be almost anywhere on your lip and could be just one piercing or many.
Tongue piercings usually just have one post that goes through the tong and will have some type of jewelry on the top. However there are different types of tongue piercings that do have more posts, and these are often considered to be more dangerous.
There are other, less common piercings such as cheek, gums, or the uvula (Which is the piece of flesh hanging in the back of your throat). These are riskier because the skill of the technician really matters and if not taken care of properly these could lead to health issues.
After you get a piercing you will have a healing period which usually takes up to 10 weeks and during this time there are some risks to consider. These include infection (which is most common), scars, and metal allergies, rejection of the jewelry, abscess, and damage to your teeth. While you may have no side effects, it is still a good idea to know the possible risks.
Why dentists don’t love oral piercings.
Usually, oral piercings will cause your mouth to experience tenderness, swelling, bleeding, and possibly more. This can make cleaning the area painful, or difficult. Which may lead to an overall decrease in your oral health, and that could lead to infection. If the piercing is poorly placed it could even cause damage to your teeth. The damage could be so severe that it could require tooth extraction. Since the piercing can stick out, it makes it is possible it could get caught on something and be torn out or if you get hit in the mouth by an object the jewelry could cause more damage then if you didn’t have the piercing.
If you decide to get a piercing, then we would suggest taking these tips to reduce the risk of issues, and to keep your mouth healthy and clean.
- Use a soft toothbrush and continue to brush at least twice per day to reduce bacteria.
- Do NOT use tobacco since this can agitate the piercing area, and could cause more swelling.
- We would suggest laying off on food that is spicy or salty to prevent unneeded pain.
- Wash your hands before and after you clean, or replace the jewelry since this will help reduce the risk of infection.
- While the piercing is healing, it is a great idea to use a saline solution to soak the area.
- You can use anti-inflammatory, or over-the-counter medicine to help with pain and swelling.
You will have the make the decision on whether or not you are willing to make the additional effort to take care of your piercings. Talk to your dentist if you have any questions about the effects an oral piercing may have on your mouth.