Oral piercing is a popular form of body-art in Murray, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood, a dentist serving the Sandy, Taylorsville, and Draper areas. When my patients ask me about the safety of oral piercings, I make sure they consider the possible dangerous consequences.
First, Salt Lake City patients should know that infection is always a major concern with any piercing, but because the mouth is the perfect environment for breeding bacteria, oral piercings are especially problematic. Your capacity to chew, swallow, and speak can also be impaired by an oral piercing.
Oral piercings can lead to an increase in saliva flow and, possibly, excessive drooling, something my Murray dental patients generally want to avoid. (I don’t know anyone in Murray who thinks drooling is attractive.) It’s also essential to know that chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible troubles.
Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern Draper, Taylorsville, and Sandy residents is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, the damage is severe and sensations never return. An injured nerve can also influence facial movements as well as your sense of taste.
Do you really want to risk looking like a stroke victim for the rest of your life?
If you’ve read through this and still want to select a tongue bar or lip piercing, please meet with your Murray area dentist so you can examine the safest decision possible for your dental health.
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