Oral Health Problems Caused by Oral Piercings

Oral piercings are a popular way of showing individuality. These piercings include tongue piercings, lip piercings, cheek piercings, piercings of the uvula, and more. Although oral piercings are relatively common, they can cause oral health problems for their wearers. If you are experiencing an infection or other oral health problem as a result of your oral piercing, Dr. Alan Frame, dentist in Santa Clara, can help.

Oral piercings can cause serious oral health problems for many reasons. One of the most prevalent issues that oral piercings cause is infection. Oral piercings allow the harmful bacteria in the mouth to enter the holes, causing serious infections. These infections can sometimes be life threatening if they are not cared for right away. In addition, infections can cause severe swelling, which in the case of a tongue piercing can cause the tongue to block the throat.

Another way that piercings cause oral health problems is through the common habit of playing with or biting the piercing. This habit can cause damage to the tooth enamel and gums. Less commonly, oral piercings can cause numbness and nerve damage, hypersensitivity, drooling, and other serious problems.

If you are experiencing oral health problems die to an oral piercing, it is important to notify Dr. Frame as soon as possible. The faster Dr. Frame can treat many of these problems, such as an infection, the less likely it may be that your oral health problem will cause long term damage or problems with your general health.

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