Talk to Your Dentist Before Considering Oral Jewelry

As popular as oral jewelry is, it’s important to consider the potential hazards before you make the decision to have your tongue pierced. As your dentist can tell you, it’s essential that you take proper care of your piercing. For example, you should always remove your oral jewelry before you eat or go to sleep, and you should be sure to brush it to keep it clean. These are some of the common issues with oral jewelry that you’ll want to be aware of:

Oral infections

As you probably already know, your mouth contains a lot of bacteria—after all, that’s why it’s so important to brush and floss regularly. But what happens when that bacteria comes into contact with your tongue piercing? If you aren’t careful to keep that area clean, it can cause an oral infection that can make you vulnerable to pneumonia and other illnesses. If you think that your tongue is getting infected, call your dentist immediately.

Allergic reactions

If you have an allergy to metal, having a tongue piercing can result in an unanticipated reaction that can put your health at risk. Getting oral jewelry that is made of surgical stainless steel can help to reduce your chances of having an allergic reaction to the metal.

Tongue swelling

One of the most dangerous potential side effects of a tongue piercing is a swelling tongue. If your tongue becomes swollen, it can make it difficult for you to breathe. It can also interfere with your chewing, swallowing, and speaking, and it can make it more difficult for you to brush effectively.

You can depend on Eagle Falls Dentistry to take care of all of your oral health needs, including emergency dental care. We have been proudly serving the community of Bloomingdale, IL, since 1972. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for you and your family at Eagle Falls Dentistry or Associated Dental Care, call us today at (630) 894-5992.

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