Although many people consider oral piercings to be very attractive, they can be very damaging to your teeth and gums. It’s your choice to get an oral piercing, but it’s important to recognize the potential consequences and realize when your piercing may not be worth it.
How Piercings Lead to Receding Gums
One of the unfortunate consequences of piercings is the potential for receding gums. This is because the piercing itself can physically irritate the gums (similar to the way brushing your teeth too hard can). Some people will put pressure on the gums with the piercing, such as with tongue thrusting.
Perhaps most importantly, oral piercings can harbor bacteria, which can increase your risk of gum disease. Gum disease, of course, not only leads to receding gums, but may increase your risk of heart disease.
To prevent damage to your gums from an oral piercing, it’s important to make your regular dental checkups, and, in some cases, make more frequent appointments if we start to notice signs of trouble. We may recommend different types of jewelry if your current choice seems to be causing trouble.
Damage to Teeth
Another potential problem with an oral piercing is chipped teeth. Your piercing is essentially a foreign object you are keeping in your mouth, and as your tongue moves around while talking or chewing, it can hit up against your teeth, leading to chipped teeth, and sometimes even major tooth cracking.
Although your normal dental checkups are important for identifying potential damage to teeth from a piercing, this type of damage is more likely to occur suddenly, making it harder to prevent. However, reconstructive dentistry can be used to repair this damage to give you back an attractive, healthy smile. We will also advise you about the potential for damage to the restored tooth as well.