Oral piercing is a popular form of body-art in Carrollton, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. I’m Dr. Melissa Rodriguez, a dentist serving the Farmers Branch, Plano, and Fort Worth areas. When my patients ask me about the safety of oral piercings, I make sure they think about the possible harmful consequences.
First, Dallas 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 power 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 Carrollton dental patients generally want to avoid. (I don’t know anyone in Carrollton who thinks drooling is attractive.) It’s also vital to know that chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible problems.
Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern Fort Worth, Plano, and Farmers Branch residents 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 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 opt for a tongue bar or lip piercing, please communicate with your Carrollton 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 Carrollton area to rely on for accurate information and the highest quality care, we welocme you to The Carrollton Dentist. Call 469-708-2049 today to schedule an appointment. We offer porcelain veneers, Invisalign, gum disease, 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!
Dr. Melissa Rodriguez
The Carrollton Dentist
2440 N Josey Ln, Ste 101