Oral Health | Tongue Piercings and Oral Health

Monday, August 28, 2017

Oral piercings are dangerous for both your overall and oral health. In addition to the general health concerns of oral piercings, there are also many oral health issues that you should be aware of before deciding to receive a piercing. 

Issues include, but are not limited to, the following: 

• Unwanted bleeding/cuts

• Infections in your mouth

• Swelling in your tongue and cheeks

• Chipped/cracked teeth

• Blocked airway

• Excess salivary flow

Receding gums

Unfortunately, some of the issues listed above are quite common amongst people who have an oral piercing. Nearly half of all people with a lip piercing experience some form of gum recession. Nearly half of people who have a tongue piercing experience gum recession as well.


If you already have an oral piercing, have no fear, you can still make sure to take care of your teeth and gums. Below, Dr. Lechner in Delaware, OH discusses several precautions to take to ensure a healthy mouth. 

As with anything, Dr. Lechner recommends maintaining extremely thorough oral hygiene habits. These should include flossing, brushing with toothpaste that includes fluoride, and using a mouthwash that does not contain alcohol

Pain, swelling, and tenderness in the areas of your piercings are a good indication that something is not exactly correct with your oral health at the site of the piercing. If you notice this, you should consult your dentist ASAP. 

Do you need a dentist to care for your oral health in Delaware, OH?

If you are in need of a good dental team, we welcome you to schedule an appointment today. We are always welcoming new patients into our office who are serious about having great overall and oral health.

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