Oral piercings can serve as a form of self-expression. They can also damage your teeth, gums, and other sensitive oral tissue. Piercings to the tongue, lip, or cheek may result in serious oral and systemic health issues including:

  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Gum disease
  • Cracking or chipping of teeth

In fact, a recent study found that 47 percent of people who had oral piercings for more than four years had at least one chipped or cracked tooth.

Dr. Donald Wilcox understands the need for self-expression. Teens and young adults should always be themselves. However, it is important to take into account the long-term oral health consequences associated with your desired form of self-expression.

During your dental checkups at our Glendale office, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have about oral piercings and the dental concerns surrounding them.

While we recommend avoiding oral piercings, there are certain steps you can take to help reduce your risks if you choose to have one. These include choosing a reputable piercer who uses autoclaved instruments and adheres to all state health codes. Dr. Wilcox would be happy to discuss other ways to reduce risks with you in more detail during your regularly scheduled appointment.

Please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule a dental checkup. Dr. Donald Wilcox serves patients in the Glendale, Arizona area.

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