Oral piercing is a popular form of body-art in Oklahoma City, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. I’m Dr. Mark Phan, a cosmetic dentist serving the Oklahoma City areas. When my patients ask me about the safety of oral piercings, I make sure they understand the possible consequences.
First, Oklahoma City residents 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. Chewing, swallowing, and speaking can also be impaired by an oral piercing.
Oral piercings can lead to an increase in saliva flow and, possibly, excessive drooling, something my Oklahoma City dental patients generally want to avoid. (I don’t know anyone in Oklahoma City who thinks drooling is attractive.) Chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible results.
Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern Oklahoma City residents is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, sensations never return. An injured nerve can also affect 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 you’re still sure a tongue bar or lip piercing is for you, please consult your Oklahoma City area dentist so they can help you make the safest decision possible for your dental health. If you are looking for a dentist around Oklahoma City, our friendly staff here at OKC Smiles would be happy to schedule an appointment for you. We offer dental implants, sedation dentistry, general dentistry, and more!
We may even convince you that safe, effective cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, veneers, or bonding would be a smarter and safer way to express your personality and boost your confidence. Give us a call today!
Dr. Mark Phan
13900 S Western Ave, Suite 300
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma