Jan 01, 1970
Oral piercings are a trendy fashion accessory and a great compliment to one's aesthetic. Oral piercing jewelry often comes in the form of rings or metal studs held in place with a small bar. In place of metal studs, wearers can opt for colorful finishes mimicking gems or pearls. Commonly, piercings are done along the lips or through the tongue. Sometimes they can be found through the cheeks or uvula, the dangling tissue at the back of the mouth. While oral piercings are stylish, they require a lot of maintenance and care.
Most dental health professionals advise against getting oral piercings. Dentists suggest thorough research for those determined to get an oral piercing.
Infection is by far the largest concern in regards to dental piercings. If the piercing is not done with sterilized tools in a safe setting, the customer may be exposed to a series of health risks including Hepatitis B & C and HIV. After the piercing is complete, infections such as infective endocarditis are still a concern. Infective endocarditis occurs when bacteria enters the blood stream through the piercing and cause an inflammation in the heart valve. The tongue itself can also be infected after the piercing. If the tongue is swollen it can induce difficulty eating and talking. This is not only painful and irritating but has the capacity to block airways.
Because oral piercing jewelry is composed of metal, which is stronger than teeth, wearers my chip their teeth if they strike the piercing jewelry against a tooth. If they bite down on a stud they may break their tooth. Chipping or breaking teeth is always a possibility when wearing oral piercing jewelry, wearers must be consistently mindful to avoid injury.
Oral piercing jewelry is comprised of two or more parts, which means that one or many of these components can become loose. If a part or parts fall into an airway, the wearer may choke. This is another worry for wearers of oral piercing jewelry.
Wearers are advised to regularly and thoroughly clean their jewelry to avoid infection. Wearers should also avoid consuming anything that may inflame the pierced area such as very spicy or acidic foods. It is also beneficial to abstain from alcohol, smoking and chewing gum.
Experts suggest that those who have recently had an oral piercing should rinse their mouth after every meal. The ideal solution for the rinse is a non-alcohol based mouthwash, wearers can also opt for a salt and water mixture. Rinsing multiple times a day is only necessary during the healing period.
As always, those who have had an oral piercing should practice regular dental hygiene. This includes brushing twice a day and flossing and rinsing once a day. Swelling, throbbing and discharge may be a sign of infection.
Anyone who has recently had oral piercing should make an appointment with a Yonge and Seven Dental Clinic immediately if they experience any of these symptoms.