Oral piercing is a popular form of body-art in Pearland, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. I’m Dr. David C. Montz. When my patients ask me about the safety of oral piercings, I make sure they think about the possible detrimental consequences.
First, patients should know that infection is always a major concern with any piercing, but because the mouth is the perfect environment for breeding bacteria, oral piercings are especially problematic. Your ability to chew, swallow, and speak can also be impaired by an oral piercing.
Oral piercings can lead to an increase in saliva flow and, possibly, excessive drooling, something my dental patients generally want to avoid. (I don’t know anyone who thinks drooling is attractive.) It’s also important to know that chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible issues.
Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern people is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, the damage is acute and sensations never return. An injured nerve can also impact facial movements as well as your sense of taste.
Do you really want to risk looking like a stroke victim for the rest of your life?
If you’ve read through this and still want to choose a tongue bar or lip piercing, please talk to your dentist so you can consider the safest decision possible for your dental health.
If you are looking for an experienced dentist in the Pearland area to depend on for accurate information and the highest quality care, we welcome you to Montz and Maher Dental Group. Call 281-485-4829 today to schedule an appointment. We offer CEREC dental crowns, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and more!
We may even convince you that safe, effective cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, veneers, or bonding would be a smarter and safer way to express your personality and boost your confidence. Give us a call today!
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2443 S Galveston Ave
Pearland, Texas 77581
Pearland Phone: 832-895-5120
1769 S. Friendswood Dr. Ste 107
Friendswood, TX 77546
Friendswood Phone: 281-482-1275