The risks associated with oral piercings

Cosmetic procedure for piercing the tongue with a needle by a beautician. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook sees patients of all ages in his Albuquerque, NM, area office, including those considering making alterations to their skin and bodies. Patients who are thinking about having oral piercings will want to take time to fully understand the risks they pose to their oral health and wellness. Our professional team is here to educate you further on what to expect after oral piercings and how to care for them to reduce the risk of damage or infection to the smile.

What are the common risks associated with oral piercings, as discussed with a dentist?

There are a few risks associated with oral piercings that you should be aware of before getting one. First and foremost, because your mouth is full of bacteria, there is a risk of infection when you get an oral piercing. This risk is increased if the piercing is not completed properly or if aftercare is not followed correctly. There is also a potential risk of damage to your teeth or gums if the jewelry rubs against them constantly. In some cases, patients have even had their tongues swell so much that they had trouble breathing! While these risks are serious, they can be minimized by choosing a reputable piercer and taking good care of your piercing.

What can I do to reduce the potential risk of issues following my piercing appointment?

  • Make sure you choose a reputable piercer who uses sterile equipment and follows proper piercing protocol.
  • Take good care of your piercing by cleaning it regularly with a saline solution or mild soap and water. Avoid using alcohol or peroxide, as these can irritate the area.
  • Listen to your body and look for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge. If you experience any of these symptoms, call Dr. Steven Holbrook or your primary care physician right away.

How do I learn more about caring for my smile?

Whether you are considering oral piercings or are located in the Albuquerque, NM, area and are seeking a new dental provider, we welcome you to book an appointment with Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team. Call 505-881-1159 to request a visit to our office to seek treatment with our dentist boasting over three decades of experience providing comprehensive dental care.

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