Most people know that brushing and flossing are necessary for good dental health. We understand the importance of seeing the dentist once or twice a year. It's even common knowledge to avoid certain foods and drinks that can damage our teeth. What a lot of people don't think about, however, is how certain body piercings can harm your oral health. Here are some piercings that your dentist would rather you avoid.Lip piercings
For many people of my generation, the newest trend is the lip piercing. This body piercing is usually placed on the fleshy section of the bottom lip, either on the side or in the center. Dentists wish this trend would end. Lip piercings are exposed to an array of bacteria on a daily basis. These germs easily multiply and move to the gum line. If they are not rinsed away, the bacteria can lead to gum disease.
Lip piercings are also notorious for causing the gum line to recede over time. If this happens, the sensitive dentin of the tooth is exposed. When left untreated, the nerve may eventually become irritated, leading to an abscess. No piercing is worth the pain of a root canal.
The tongue is one of the most popular places to pierce. People like this piercing because it is only visible when speaking. Dentists, on the other hand, know that this location is hazardous to your oral health. The barbell that is placed in the tongue often hits the back of the teeth when speaking and eating. Those with tongue piercings are more likely to rub the hard, metal barbell against their teeth when they are bored. After a while, the enamel on the teeth begins to wear away. If the barbell hits a tooth too hard, it may cause the tooth to chip or fracture.
Named for the famous beauty mark on Marilyn Monroe, this piercing places a small ball on the skin above the lips near the corner of the mouth. The backside of the jewelry is usually flat, but exposing your mouth to metal may lead to gum erosion. The teeth that make contact with the metal are at the most risk. Infections are very common with this piercing as well. In order to avoid problems with a Monroe piercing, it is essential that you find a clean studio that provides the proper training to its staff.
If you choose to go ahead and get an oral piercing, be sure to keep the area clean and disinfected. Rinsing twice a day after brushing is a must. Avoid banging your jewelry against the back of your teeth. Have your mouth examined every year by a dentist to make sure your body jewelry is not negatively affecting your oral health.