You may wonder how dentists approach oral piercings and what’s their opinion on the subject.
While you may think dentist’ attitudes are not important in this matter, it’s always worth knowing about proper dental care and potential problems oral piercings may cause so you can prevent them.
Are Oral Piercings Dangerous?
Dentists often recommend caution when it comes to oral piercings. It’s important that they are carefully done so they don’t harm or damage teeth and gums. The most common oral piercings, such as tongue piercings and lip piercings (that have the end hole inside the mouth) can be placed in the way not to cause damage, but a great care must be taken. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to find a reliable piercer who will perform piercing in the most optimal way.
Even with these precautions, it’s important to understand that oral piercings can sometimes cause damage, especially if jewelry comes in contact with teeth and gums. This is particularly true for some more unusual or rare oral piercings, such as smiley, frowny or some even rarer forms. Keep in mind: the rarer a piercing is, the most risk there is because chances are that it will come in contact with sensitive tissue or teeth. Also, rare piercings are less standardized so there’s less knowledge about optimal placements and other technicalities.
That being said, even dentists agree that oral piercings do not have to be dangerous or harmful, as long as they are done right. Also, it’s important to choose optimal jewelry that will not cause damage.
Dentists uniformly agree that it’s best to leave your oral piercing alone in order to reduce the risk of infections and other problems. The only thing you should do is perform adequate aftercare during the healing period.
Keep in mind that oral piercings demand specific aftercare. You need to rinse your mouth regularly with a saline solution. You need to do this after every meal in order to prevent problems. It’s important to perform aftercare regularly.
Other than that, however, dentists recommend not to do anything to your piercing. Resist the urge to touch your jewelry and never use strong chemicals or mouthwashes during the healing period. Dentists recommend to use the least invasive products, especially during the initial healing time.
- Wash your teeth and tongue regularly to maintain optimal hygiene.
- Do not use harsh chemicals, especially during the healing time.
- Observe your piercing regularly to notice early signs of infections and other problems.
- Wear smooth jewelry that will not harm your teeth and gums.
- Jewelry for oral piercings has to be reliable and well-crafted so it doesn’t crack or break.
- If you notice swelling or another problem, make sure to contact your dentist or doctor immediately.
- To receive optimal dental care, choose a dentist who is experienced with oral piercings.