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Oral Piercings Affect Not Just Your Looks

If you have been wanting to make a fashion statement with oral piercings, whether on your lips or tongue, we advise you to take some time to evaluate the health risks involved. Your mouth is by nature home to millions of bacteria (some of them bad), and this environment is perfect for germ production. What this means is that open wounds are a safety risk, and using metal jewelry in the mouth, whether you it is a ring, stud, or a barbell, is definitely riskier than wearing pierced earrings.

If you have done your homework, and still would like to have an oral piercing done, please be aware of the following risks:

X-ray blockage
When you come in for cleanings and X-rays, it is possible that your metal jewelry can block X-rays where you are wearing them. This can interfere with getting proper dental care.

Nerve damage
Sometimes after a piercing the tongue becomes numb from nerve damage. Usually this numbness is temporary, but it can sometimes be permanent. If this happens, your taste buds may be different, and it can also how your move your mouth. In addition, if there is damage to the blood vessels in your mouth you can lose a lot of blood.

Bacterial infection
The oral environment is a moist breeding ground for bacteria, making it susceptible to infection. If infections are not properly treated they can become life threatening. Also, if the tongue becomes swollen as a reaction to a piercing, it can block your airway.

Oral damage
Some people like to play with their piercings while wearing them. This habit, of using the tongue to tap the piercing, or biting it, can injure the gums and even crack or scratch sensitive teeth. Also, oral piercings can damage dental fillings.

Metal hypersensitivity
People can experience allergic reactions from the metal used in the piercing jewelry.

Excess saliva
Drooling can happen when the piercing increases saliva production and your mouth reacts to the metal jewelry. And while drooling isn’t dangerous, it doesn’t help your fashion statement either.

Now that you can see that oral piercings affect more than just your looks, they can also directly affect your health. So if you decide to move forward with a piercing, make sure to vet your piercing studio of choice. Make sure they are certified, that they take your health seriously as well as having excellent sanitation practices.

As always, our goal is to help you have a healthy smile, not just a fashionable one! If you have any concerns, we invite you to visit with our caring dentist, Dr. Sanjeev Sharma. You can reach our Excel Dental team in Battleground, Washington at call skype logo360-666-5700 today.

Time for a Spring Dental Cleaning

Spring, much like new year, is a time of new beginnings, as we prepare to shed the heavy weight of winter and move into a lighter, brighter phase of living again. You can revitalize your health this spring by getting a dental checkup and cleaning. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) one of the best things you can do for your oral health is to have professional dental cleaning every six months. These visits reinforce your at-home oral health regimen, and are designed to preserve your health, prevent disease and give you an opportunity to discover other areas in the mouth that may need further attention.

So, what can you expect at a typical dental cleaning? Dr. Sharma will provide diagnostic and preventative services which may include the following.

Diagnostic Services:

  • Checking the bite, chewing and swallowing patterns
  • Taking x-rays, and assessing the teeth for decay
  • Planning treatment as needed
  • Oral cancer screening and exam
  • Evaluating the gum tissue
  • Referral to specialists for treatment as necessary

Preventive Services:

  • Removing plaque and tartar
  • Removing any stains on the tooth enamel
  • Applying fluoride if needed
  • Applying dental sealant as necessary
  • Polishing fillings and crowns


In short, a springtime dental cleaning can make your smile look its best while actively preventing tooth decay and gum disease. If you are ready to get your dental checkup, give our team at Excel Dental in Battleground, Washington a call at call skype logo360-666-5700 and let us help you brighten your smile!


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