Oral piercing is a popular form of body-art in Timonium, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. I’m dentist Steve Haywood, a dentist serving the North Phoenix Lupton Farm, Jarrettsville, and East Bel Air areas. When my patients ask me about the safety of oral piercings, I make sure they consider the possible detrimental consequences.
First, Baltimore 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 Timonium dental patients generally want to avoid. (I don’t know anyone in Timonium who thinks drooling is attractive.) It’s also essential to know that chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible troubles.
Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern East Bel Air, Jarrettsville, and North Phoenix Lupton Farm residents is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, the damage is extreme and sensations never return. An injured nerve can also affect 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 communicate with your Timonium area dentist so you can think about the safest decision possible for your dental health.
If you are looking for an experienced dentist in the Timonium area to count on for accurate information and the highest quality care, we welocme you to Dr. Steven W. Haywood. Call 410-561-6637 today to schedule an appointment. We offer dental implants, sedation dentistry, general dentistry, 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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