February 29, 2020

Have a Mouth Piercing? Here’s How to Protect Your Oral Health

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 1:59 am

Young girl showing off her oral piercing, tongue piercingLip, cheek, and tongue piercings are a unique way to express yourself. While all types of body piercings require extra care, mindfulness is especially important for oral piercings. If treated recklessly, you risk oral infection, broken teeth, and even larger health issues. Here are some important ways to protect your oral health if you choose this form of self-expression.

Choose a Licensed Professional

Caring for your oral health starts at the piercing shop. A licensed piercer has special training and will always use sterilized equipment. While there are many places to get piercings, you’re far less likely to get an infection or an improperly placed piercing from a licensed professional.

Keep Up with Your Brushing and Flossing

An oral piercing shouldn’t get in the way of your regular dental routine. Even if the placing of your piercing makes it more difficult, you should still be brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. An alcohol-free mouthwash can help keep your mouth clean without causing the piercing site any irritation.

Don’t Forget to Clean Your New Jewelry

Just like your teeth, tongue, and gums, your new oral piercing will be coated with plaque and bacteria throughout the day. Even though your piercing cannot develop cavities, your teeth are still vulnerable to the plaque that accumulates on your piercing. Don’t forget to gently clean it twice a day at least.

Be Diligent Against Infection

Your mouth is naturally full of bacteria, which is why mouth piercings are so prone to infection. To combat bacteria and soothe any swelling, try rinsing your mouth with a lukewarm glass of saltwater. Because of the constant presence of bacteria, you should continue to thoroughly and regularly clean the piercing site even after your mouth has fully healed.

Be Careful as You Laugh, Talk, and Eat

Playing with or biting down on your new oral piercing can easily and quickly damage your smile. You could accidentally damage your gum tissue or dental fillings, not to mention scratching, cracking, or breaking your teeth. Keep your smile healthy and intact by staying mindful of your piercing in your daily life.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Getting a dental checkup twice a year is one of the best ways to take care of your oral health whether you have a mouth piercing or not. Your dentist can remove all the built-up plaque, tartar, and bacteria hiding in the hard to clean spaces of your mouth to protect you from cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Additionally, they can carefully inspect your mouth for any warning signs of problems that you may not see or feel yet.

Oral piercings are a special way to express yourself. Just be sure to take care of it so you can keep enjoying your unique, beautiful, and healthy smile!

About the Practice

At Allheart Dental, your oral health and comfort are our number one priorities. That’s why we encourage all our patients to get their dental checkups and cleanings twice a year in any of our welcoming, state-of-the-art offices in Red Oak, Irving, Grand Prairie, or Arlington, TX. If you experience any swelling, pain, or tooth damage because of your oral piercing, we also do our best to provide same-day emergency visits at our Red Oak and Arlington locations. To learn more, feel free to contact any of our offices via our website or at the phone numbers listed there.

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