Your Charlotte Pediatric Dentist Discusses Oral Piercings

Oral piercings are a popular form of self-expression and adornment, especially among teens and young adults. But those studs, barbells, and rings placed in the tongue, lip, or cheek can deliver some unexpected – and unwanted – consequences. Dr. Bevin Malley educates kids and parents on keeping smiles healthy and strong. Here’s some information you need to know about the negative impacts of oral piercings.

  • Risk of infection and disease: The mouth contains millions of bacteria. Piercings enable these bacteria to enter the bloodstream and potentially cause whole-body health issues, such as endocarditis, which is an inflammation of the heart valve or tissues. Oral piercings have also been identified as a risk factor for the transmission of herpes simplex and hepatitis B, C, D, and G.
  • Swelling and pain: These common symptoms can wreak havoc with oral wellness. The tongue can swell and block the throat, hindering breathing.
  • Damage to teeth and gums: Piercings can chip or fracture teeth and dental work, such as crowns. Gum recession may also occur and increase the risk of tooth decay and periodontal diseases.
  • Impaired oral function: Folks with oral piercings may experience problems with chewing or swallowing, a diminishment of clear speech, nerve damage, an allergic reaction to metal, and increased risk of choking if the piercing becomes dislodged.

A smile should last a lifetime, and it can with proper care. So it’s important to assess the risks of oral piercings before proceeding with that tongue stud, lip ring, or barbell.

For more information about oral piercings or to schedule an appointment with a Charlotte NC pediatric dentist, call Carolina Kids Dentistry today. Dr. Malley and our top-notch team deliver exemplary care combined with personalized service.