Posted on 10/27/2017 by Dr Jonathan Ford
Keeping up on good oral hygiene practices everyday should really be one of your top priorities. Keeping a good relationship with your dentist should also be towards the top also to make sure you're doing everything you should be, and for cleaning those areas you just can't get to with everyday brushing and flossing.
Now that you have decided on an oral piercing we need to talk about what you can do to prevent damage to your teeth and gums. It is important to know the risks and how you limit the damage.
How to Manage Your Piercings to Avoid Damage
A piercing should be treated as an accessory and not something that is permanent. It truly is something that is not recommended and for good reason. We hope that you have done your research before you head off to get it done.
Any piercing should be done by a licensed professional with a nurse on staff. Never get a piercing done with a piercing gun because it is not sanitary. You should be up to date on vaccines as well as the professional who is doing the piercing.
Do not be afraid to ask them to show you documentation. They should be wearing gloves, and use tools and needles that are individually wrapped in packaging that insures they're sterile. That last thing you need is an infection from dirty equipment.
Once you have your piercing they should provide you with information on how to keep it clean and when to take it out. It is important to keep in mind any piercing in your mouth can cause damage to your teeth and gums. You can cause damage and not even know you're doing it.
Having a piercing in your tongue can cause damage to your teeth from biting down on it or running it against the back of your teeth. Also, you can risk the change of swallowing it. Having a piercing in your lip can also cause damage to your teeth, located the closest to it, by wearing down tooth enamel.
It can also cause a weak spot in your gums causing tooth decay, which could lead to losing teeth. It may take a couple weeks to heal completely to where you can leave it out without it closing up on you.
The important thing to remember is to take it out. You should be cleaning your piercing as often as you brush your teeth, so you might as well do them at the same time. Bacteria can build up on your piercing so it's important that you clean it before you put it back in.
Believe it or not you can also be allergic to the metal used in your jewelry. In that case you will want to leave it out for good. Your overall health is way more important than your accessory. Take it out before you go to sleep. There is not telling what can happen while you're sleeping.
We encourage you to take extra steps to be cautious with your new piercing. Don't let it get in the way of your beautiful smile. In the event that you chip or break a tooth please call us right away and get into to see us so we can do what we can to fix it before it causes more problems.
Please know that our main concern is your overall health and not to make you feel bad for your decision to get a piercing. Continue to brush twice a day and floss once a day. Adding a mild mouth wash wouldn't be a bad idea to kills germs and bacteria. For more information about how to be responsible with your piercing, please give us a call or stop in today.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (714) 409-6161 today.
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