Oral piercing is a popular form of body-art in Monkton, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. I’m Dr. Craig Longenecker, a dentist serving the Sparks, Hereford, and White Hall areas. When my patients ask me about the safety of oral piercings, I make sure they look at the possible dangerous consequences.
First, Parkton patients should know that infection is always a major concern with any piercing, but because the mouth is the perfect environment for breeding bacteria, oral piercings are especially problematic. Your capacity to chew, swallow, and speak can also be impaired by an oral piercing.
Oral piercings can lead to an increase in saliva flow and, possibly, excessive drooling, something my Monkton dental patients generally want to avoid. (I don’t know anyone who thinks drooling is attractive.) It’s also vital to know that chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible troubles.
Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern White Hall, Hereford, and Sparks residents is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, the damage is acute and sensations never return. An injured nerve can also affect facial movements as well as your sense of taste.
Do you really want to risk looking like a stroke victim for the rest of your life?
If you’ve read through this and still want to pick a tongue bar or lip piercing, please communicate with your Monkton area dentist so you can look at the safest decision possible for your dental health.
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