Having an oral piercing, whether it be the lips, a cheek, tongue, or something that’s a bit more extreme is pretty normal these days. Oral piercing is a great way to show self-expression, but to dentists, it actually poses a risk to many things that happen in the mouth, and typically dentists don’t like oral piercings. While they aren’t your mom, a dentist has the job of making sure that you take care of your oral health, but there are a few piercing risks, and make sure that you know the type, and what to consider before you get one done.
The types of these are the following, and you should know before you go, especially which ones are the safest:
- Tongue and tongue areas: this is usually one that involves either a post singular in a vertical manner, whether they are venom or angel bites, a single post in a horizontal one, or under the tongue and under the frenulum. This is a single hole through the center in some cases, and it is considered the safest option of them all, and multiple options for jewelry allows for a lot of unique types of looks.
- Then there is the lip area and the lip, which is essentially the area on the lips, such as vampire, smile, or even frown piercings that are placed between the gum and the lips.
- Other oral piercings: These are usually the cheeks, the gums, and the uvula, and these are usually not the safest, for they carry the most risks to oral health. If you don’t have the right skill for this, I don’t suggest going to the technician that will give you that.
All of these create different results, and healing periods and even the location of this can affect your oral health now, and in the future. They all carry risks, but the tongue is considered the safest.
Now, after you get the initial piercing, you’re expected to have swelling and tenderness for about 10 weeks, but there can be other risks, including infection, migration, and rejection of the piercing, a metal or other allergy that can affect the area, scars, damage to your teeth and even a dental abscess if your oral health is not in the best of shape.
So why don’t dentists like it? Usually, they heal fast, right? Well, most oral piercings have swelling, tenderness, scabbing, bleeding, and redness and the problem is for a dentist this can be difficult for the person, and even painful in some cases, and it’s why some people may not even come into the appointments, and usually a decrease in oral care happens with this,w which in turn causes infections. Any damaged or chipped teeth can be created as a result f these, and if you have poorly placed piercings or migration, it can be a problem. Sometimes the damage is so much that the tooth needs to be replaced.
There is also the factors of the increase in trauma, including yanking and tearing in the case of injury and accident, and many times, this creates a further risk to oral health care. If you are going to get this, you need to make sure that you take care of the teeth.
For example, get a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush these twice a day to reduce bacteria, stop using tobacco products if you know they irritate the tissues under, avoid foods that will irritate the piercing, wash your hands before you even consider touching or handling the jewelry to prevent infections, use a saline solution to soak the piercing and make sure you let it heal, but don’t do it too much, and finally, avoid hot tubs and swimming pools until these are healed, because if you’re not careful, the bacteria can come in and affect the bloodstream, and it can create an infection if you’re not careful.
If you need to, always take items to help lower the pain and swelling of the body. And, if you are considering getting one of these, always talk to your dentist about this especially if there are any risks you personally may have if you get this. It can help reduce them and make your life easier as a result