The trend of expressing one’s individuality with tattoos and piercings has gained quite a momentum in this day and age. With the pace at which it’s gaining popularity, it can be concluded that it is here to stay. If you are a piercing fanatic, you need to know about both sides of the coin. 

As oral piercing is gaining popularity, so is the debate about it having any demerits for your teeth and mouth. Let’s dive right in and find out. 

Swelling and infection

As you know, our mouth has millions of bacteria residing in it. In such a case, a piercing may lead to severe infection and oral health problems. If you have done a piercing in other parts of your body like your ears or nose, you should be aware that a minor or major infection follows it in the area. However, as these are dry areas of body and one can frequently apply antiseptic creams and keep them clean, the infection subsides. But imagine having the same kind of infection in your mouth which is never dry and already has a lot of bacteria. What do you think will happen? The area pierced can swell up so much that it can reduce the passage for the airway. In the worst-case scenario, you could be prone to serious infections like endocarditis or hepatitis. 

Damage to teeth and gums

Often, the piercing placement can damage your teeth, gums, and even other dental work. Continually playing with your piercing can lead to erosion of your tooth enamel which is the protective coating of your teeth. The exposed dentin and pulp can easily catch bacteria and lead to more severe issues like tooth decay. It can also cause an injury to your gums, which can turn into an infection causing unbearable pain and sleepless nights. Your teeth can become extra sensitive or crack due to the piercings. 

Nerve Damage

Usually, after piercing your tongue or lingual frenulum, the connecting membrane underneath your tongue and the surface of your mouth could encounter numbness. This numb feeling is due to temporary damage in the nerves. Sometimes, the damage in the nerves can be permanent and can affect your taste buds. It can also affect the movement of your tongue and mouth. One can also experience severe blood loss due to piercings. 

In addition to the demerits mentioned above, you can also be prone to excessive drooling due to increased saliva production after piercing. An allergic reaction to the metal used is also a possibility. So, it is best advised not to keep your mouth open for piercings. But if you have already pierced, make sure that you clean your mouth with a mouthwash after every meal. Moreover, if you show signs like swelling or pain in the area, do visit your dentist immediately to avoid the possibility of severe infection. Also, be aware of the movement of your piercing to reduce its contact with the teeth. 

In a nutshell, it is best that you keep the piercings out of your mouth for better oral health and hygiene. If you want to get an oral piercing done, it is advised to visit your dentist for a pre-procedure consultation.