So, you think you can handle an oral piercing? Sure, the pain of the piercing itself may seem endurable but have you considered everything that can go wrong after the initial piercing? In addition to being teeth cleaning, oral surgery and root canal experts, the dentists at United Dental Group are also very familiar with the trouble oral piercings can cause, and they strongly encourage their patients to become familiar with all of the risks associated with oral piercings before going through with one.
After researching the issues, some people may find that the risks of getting an oral piercing outweigh the benefits. Here are some things to consider before piercing your tongue, cheeks, lip or any other part of your mouth:
- Infection: Your mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. If a piercing gets infected by those bacteria, it can escalate into a life-threatening situation.
- Excessive Drooling: Some unlucky people learn that a tongue piercing can trigger excess saliva production and lead to drooling.
- Nerve Damage: People with oral piercings can experience both short-term and long-term numbness if nerves are damaged during the piercing. Nerve damage can compromise your sense of taste and ability to move your mouth.
To discuss oral piercings or schedule an appointment with a United Dental Group dentist, find your nearest branch here.