Oral piercing is a popular form of body-art in Salt Lake City, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. I’m Doctor Jared Theuer, a dentist serving the Sugar House, Millcreek, and Holladay areas. When my patients ask me about the safety of oral piercings, I make sure they think about the possible harmful consequences.
First, Salt Lake City 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 capacity 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 Salt Lake City dental patients generally want to avoid. (I don’t know anyone in Salt Lake City 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 problems.
Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern Holladay, Millcreek, and Sugar House residents is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, the damage is severe 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 select a tongue bar or lip piercing, please speak with your Salt Lake City area dentist so you can examine the safest decision possible for your dental health.
If you are looking for an experienced dentist in the Salt Lake City area to depend on for accurate information and the highest quality care, we welocme you to The Sugar House Dentist – Theurer Family Dental. Call 385-299-7840 today to schedule an appointment.
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