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In today’s society, there’s a lot of hype over tattoos and piercings; in fact, some of you may have even had a tongue piercing at one point in your life or at this very moment. The problem is, tongue piercings are one of the worst piercings anyone can ever get for their body. For many, it’s a trendy way to express yourself, for others it’s a great way to lose a lot of money, weaken your oral health, and invest in various dental procedures to fix the damage. Continue reading to learn more about tongue piercings and how they can be detrimental to your oral health.
Germs Have Communities?
Did you know that tongue piercings are one of the major causes in gum recession, gingivitis, and other cringe-worthy oral ailments? Unfortunately, that’s not the only issue of tongue piercings; bacteria’s favorite place to lounge and relax takes place right on the stud of the piercing. It turns out that bacterium set up communities called biofilms on the surface of the stud or barbell. A biofilm is a group of microorganisms in which cells stick to each other on a surface, hence, the stud or barbell. So, as bacteria lives on this shiny, metal piercing, it can aid in many oral ailments. The piercing itself causes chipped teeth as people tend to run their tongue and the jewelry against the teeth and even bite down on the piercing out of habit, causing the enamel to wear away and chip. Those with shorter barbells especially cause chipped teeth as it is easier to position between the teeth, scraping the enamel away. The longer barbells can accelerate gum recession because it reaches and tugs down on the gum line, slowly revealing more and more of the tooth root which can easily decay from all the bacteria on the stud.
Where Did My Taste Buds Go?
Imagine going in to get your tongue pierced and the needle goes through the wrong way or the piercing gets infected, what happens then? There can be permanent nerve damage or inflammation at the piercing site. Some people even lose some of their taste buds because of the damage the piercing had done to the tongue. It is even possible for a piercing parlor to damage the tongue to the point of permanent numbness. This can cause future issues with eating, drinking, and talking. It can make it difficult to talk and result in developing speech impediments that you may have never had before.
Another negative factor about tongue piercings is that it can encourage bad breath. The tongue always has some sort of bacteria living on it which is why many dentists recommend using a tongue scraper before brushing your teeth to effectively clean the tongue and scrape off all that bad bacteria that causes plaque, bad breath, and tooth decay. A tongue piercing is just like any other piercing, in order for it to keep from getting infected you have to be diligent about cleaning the jewelry and the tongue to ward off infection and bad breath.
Here are some more negative effects of tongue piercing:
Diastema – This is when the jewelry causes a space between your two upper front teeth.
Excessive drooling – The piercing causes an increase in the production of saliva. While saliva is good for your teeth and oral health, too much can be an issue.
Allergic reactions – Many people don’t realize they may be allergic to the type of material the jewelry is made out of and this can cause swelling or other infections in the mouth.
Infections – If the piercing has been performed poorly or incorrectly, or it has not been maintained well, it can cause infections anywhere from mild to severe and affect other parts of the body if left untreated.
Contact Dr. Kelly Fisher!
If you or a loved one have a tongue piercing or are considering getting one, schedule an appointment with Dr. Fisher to discuss all of your tongue piercing options and effects. If you happen to have a tongue piercing that is infected, call our office in Issaquah, WA to speak with a friendly staff member so we can get you back on the right track to optimal oral health. Don’t forget to check with your dentist before getting any sort of oral piercing!
Restorative dentistry encompases dental procedures that focus on the function and health of the oral anatomy. Oral health is very important to a person’s overall health because many nerves connect from your teeth to the rest of the body. Also the condition of your teeth, reflect your body’s overall health. If a person who has severely decayed teeth, it can open the door for other diseases, or a disease such as diabetes can be noticed more prominently through your teeth. Oral care is very important for overall well being and should be dealt with as soon as a problem arises. Luckily, there are solutions to most oral ailments that help in restoring the damage that has been caused to your teeth and health.
Types of Restoration
Restoration of the mouth can include many different options for particular situations and needs. Some of the procedures available are as follows:
Dental Bridges- a tooth replacement solution that gaps the bridge between surrounding teeth, solidifying the jawbone and incorporates crowns to give an attractive appearance.
Dental Crowns- are a protective cover for teeth that have undergone some tooth decay or damage. They also help reinforce strength in the jawbone.
Fillings- can either be made of metal or tooth colored material, but its main function is to replace a portion of the tooth that has become decayed. Removal of a decayed portion of the tooth is very pertinent before it spreads to the entirety of the tooth to prevent the need for more complicated measures of restoration.
Dental Implants- have become a popular staple in teeth replacement because it’s a permanent solution to missing teeth and offers patients a more reliable long term result.
Full Mouth Reconstruction- this option is intended for people who have severe tooth decay or oral problems. Cosmetic and restorative options can be utilized to improve the health, appearance, and functionality of the tooth.
Root Canal- infected tissue can cause severe pain and lead to tooth loss. Root canals are a procedure that attempts to remove the infected tissue to save the tooth.
Inlays and Onlays- a restoration solution that is designed to treat mild to moderate tooth decay issues that are affecting the cusps or ridges of the crown.
Contact Dr. Kelley Fisher at Eastside Comprehensive Dentistry in Issaquah, WA!
There are many options for oral reconstruction to many different situations. If you are experiencing severe tooth decay or other oral ailments and would like to know what reconstruction option best suits your needs, please contact Eastside Comprehensive Dentistry for your FREE, no-obligation consultation today!