Body piercings are a common form of self-expression seen around Dilworth. Today’s post is for those who currently have an oral piercing or are considering one in the future.
The Dangers of Oral Piercings
Since this is a dental blog, you probably expect us to raise all sorts of alarms warning of the dangers of piercings to dental health in Charlotte. You are right. Unfortunately, these piercings and the jewelry they accommodate can lead to serious issues with not only your teeth and mouth but your entire body. These piercings can cause tooth damage, dental cavities, periodontal disease, tooth loss, bone recession, and compromised immune system function.
Effects on Dental Health in Charlotte
In general, any oral piercing is going to open you up to an array of detrimental oral infections and complications. The mouth is full of germs and introducing foreign objects permanently is not natural for your body’s health. A tongue piercing can result in difficulty chewing with unnatural chewing patterns that may lead to swallowing troubles. The jewelry produces excess saliva from the salivary glands, which throws off the natural balance in your mouth. Permanent nerve deterioration, excessive bleeding, and allergic reactions can also occur.
Metal jewelry also can easily come in contact with your teeth, leading to cracked, chipped, damaged teeth, and ruining dental health in Charlotte. Your teeth are built to last a lifetime. Chips, cracks, and enamel erosion compromise their strength and shorten their lifespan. Complications with some piercings ensue by the introduction of hepatitis and herpes simplex viruses, and even more complications have occurred with bacteria entering the bloodstream and eventually lodging in the heart valve.
Scheduling a Consultation
Dr. Bowman encourages patients with oral piercings to remove their jewelry before it puts their dental health in Charlotte at risk. However, if you have an oral piercing and plan to keep it, we counsel you to have consistent dental cleanings and check-ups at Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman in Charlotte. We also offer services such as adult orthodontics, restorative dentistry, and family dentistry. We will set up a schedule for regular visits so we can discover and repair problems in their early stages before they become problematic. Do not wait if you suspect you may have a dental or physical problem. We look forward to seeing you!
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