Oral Piercing – Know the Facts

Tattoos and piercings have become a normal sight on people of all ages and lifestyle choices.  Considered an expression of both individuality and also an opportunity to fit in – body art is a way of bonding with  your peeps or forging your own path.  But when it comes to oral piercings there are a few negatives associated with a tongue barbell or other choices of oral adornment.

The American and Canadian Dental Associations consider oral piercings to be a detriment to an individual’s oral health – explaining that the wearing of oral jewellery can result in gum recession, broken teeth, damage to porcelain dentistry, interfere with a person’s speech and ability to chew food, create potential airway obstruction (occurs when the uvula is pierced) and the creation of scar tissue in the mouth.  Though not all people who have oral piercings experience adverse side effects; the risk for significant trauma and damage to the mouth and teeth always exists.

South Calgary Dentist – Dr. Andy Hoe – is all about self expression.  After all, he’s a self proclaimed Oilers fan in Flames country, and has no intention of changing teams.  But choosing to have your tongue, cheeks, lips, or uvula pierced comes with a whole set of potential complications that go far beyond cheering for the wrong team.  Apart from the obvious issue – infection – and the possible contraction of Hepatitis - piercing the tongue can cause airway obstruction due to extreme edema and aspiration on jewellery is also a risk.  Due to the tongue’s vascular nature, pronounced bleeding is also a concern; especially if blood vessels are punctured during the piercing. The balls that are placed on each end of the barbell also become a hazard to teeth – with the front teeth often showing signs of wear or fracture from jewellery.

This Shawnessy Dentist understands the desire to follow trends – but before your decide to go ahead with getting your cheeks or tongue pierced, make sure you know all the facts about the potential risks to your teeth and oral tissues.  Both the Canadian and American Dental Associations recommend against getting oral piercings – not because this groups are party poopers – but because of the many risks that accompany this form of body art.

If you want to do something good for your teeth – make an appointment to see this Calgary Dentist today – Dr. Hoe and his team at Bite Dental will give you something to smile about 403.201.2483

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