Piercings and oral health problems

June 4, 2018 10:08 am

Piercings within the mouth are no doubt a fashionable trend however failure to comply with good oral hygiene can cause serious problems later down the line. Complications which affect speech, chewing or swallowing may arise. In addition other issues may include:

  • Infection: numerous bacteria are present in the mouth that facilitate the development of a possible infection.
  • Damage to the gums and enamel: the rubbing of the piercings against the teeth or gums can cause gingival recession, injuries or sores and erode the enamel leading to sensitive and / or scratched teeth.
  • Possibility of fractures: when carrying a metal object in the mouth, it is more likely that a tooth can break if an accident occurs.

How to prevent the complications associated with the placement of a piercing?

  • Keep the area clean and eliminate any remaining food to avoid the appearance of infections. For this, it is essential to carry out a careful and complete oral hygiene after each meal.
  • Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes using a soft filament brush.
  • Interproximal cleaning is advised to clean the areas between the teeth which the toothbrush does not.
  • Use a mouthwash after brushing to prevent the formation of bacterial plaque and to protect the oral mucosa.
  • The VITIS orthodontic wax is ideal for when the piercing touches the oral cavity. However you should visit your dentist if the piercing causes constant sores and wounds.
  • Always wash your hands before touching the piercing or pierced area.
  • Remove the piercing if you are going to practice sports and do not play with it or stretch it, as you could cause injuries or fractures.
  • Make sure that the pieces of the piercing are always fully adjusted to avoid swallowing or choking on them.
  • Go to the dentist regularly especially if you notice any symptoms of infection such as redness, stinging, tingling, pain, swelling or fever.


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