Oral piercing is a popular form of body-art in Arlington, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. I’m Dr. Stephen Ratcliff, a dentist serving the Fort Worth, Arlington TX, and Fort Worth areas. When my patients ask me about the safety of oral piercings, I make sure they understand the possible consequences.
First, Fort Worth 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 Arlington dental patients generally want to avoid. (I don’t know anyone in Arlington who thinks drooling is attractive.) Chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible results, which will lead to the need for dental crowns.
Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern Fort Worth, Arlington TX, and Fort Worth 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 Arlington area cosmetic dentist so they can help you make the safest decision possible for your dental health. If you are looking for a dentist around Fort Worth, our warm and friendly staff here at Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry would be happy to schedule an appointment for you. We offer dentures, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, 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. Stephen Ratcliff
Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
909 W Mitchell St