Oral Piercings and Your Teeth


Piercings in your moth or tongue will have some impact on your oral health. In this article, we’ll describe the possible pitfalls of oral piercings and your oral hygiene.

Oral Piercing Impact on Dental Health

There’s no real way to avoid it. Tongue piercings do cause problems. In this case, we’ll limit our discussion to problems that don’t involve the piercing becoming infected since that is beyond the scope of dentistry.

The vast majority of those with tongue piercings never remove the stud, barbell, or another metallic object that has now made a home of their mouth. Those who have tongue piercings need to be vigilant against any pressure being placed on their teeth. Particularly, a tongue piercing can place pressure on the back of the teeth causing them to move out of alignment. This snowballs into a number of issues that can result in an increased risk of gum disease and tooth loss. This is the same risk involved in folks who lose teeth but never replace them.

Cracking and Chipping

Those who have new tongue piercings are at a particular risk of cracking or chipping their teeth if the stud makes consistent contact with the teeth. Most folks, once they have something new in their mouth, can resist sucking or biting on it.

Choosing the Right Type of Jewelry

The biggest issue here will be choosing a piece of jewelry that fits well in your mouth. The Association of Professional Piercers (APP) recommends the following:

  • Choose a style that fits well in your mouth and interacts with your teeth as little as possible.
  • Change gauges as your tongue begins to heal. Larger gauged jewelry at first should be replaced with smaller gauged jewelry later.
  • You want surgical implant-grade metal for all mouth piercings.
  • Polymer jewelry is better because it reduces the risk of tooth damage.
  • Avoid contact with the skin that connects your tongue to the bottom of your mouth.

Taking Care of Your Tongue Piercing

After getting a new piercing, your piercer will tell you how to take care of it in the initial stages. It will be very important to follow these instructions completely since a piercing can become infected and this can be life-threatening. If you develop a fever, you will want to contact a doctor immediately.

You also, as much as you may want to, want to avoid playing with the piercing in your mouth.

Lastly, now that there is a foreign object in your mouth, oral hygiene becomes that much more important. Flossing daily, and brushing twice a day will help reduce the risk of infection.

Call Peak Family Dental Care Today

A skilled dentist in Cottonwood can recognize the risks inherent in oral piercing and provide recommendations based on the way you like to wear your jewelry. Call Peak Family Dental Care today to learn more.

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