Posted on 9/15/2018 by Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group
Oral piercings are becoming more and more popular, and with that popularity, the risk of infections increase.
According to the American Dental Association, oral piercings can cause dangerous health problems because the mouth contains millions of bacteria and when an infection happens it can rapidly escalate to a severe situation.
Additionally, bumping that metal piece in your tongue or lip against your teeth can damage the surface of your teeth.
How Do I Know if My Oral Piercing is Infected?
Pain is the most common sign that your oral piercing is infected. Infection and swelling in the mouth are not uncommon with these pieces, and there is no way of knowing how sanitary the person who put it in was. An infection in the mouth can lead to swelling which could block the airway passages and prevent you from breathing.
Redness of the site is another sign that there is an infection present. As with any other infection, fever is also a symptom of a disease.
While body piercings and tattoos are a form of self-expression, there are many reasons not to do an oral piercing. You must be prepared to take on this responsibility and care for your health. Otherwise, you could end up with a severe infection.
Putting a piece of metal in your mouth can have serious consequences if you don't take care of it regularly as instructed. Moreover, if the metal you choose is of poor quality this could bring on a host of other problems to your dental health.
To avoid infections from your oral piercing clean it with a saline solution daily and examine it closely when you brush your teeth. To protect your mouth, make sure you don't bump the metal against your teeth, which can cause irreversible damage to the enamel. If you think you are experiencing signs your oral piercing is getting infected call us immediately.
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