3 Reasons to Discourage Your Teen from Getting an Oral Piercing

3 Reasons to Discourage Your Teen from Getting an Oral Piercing

Teens are trying to advance in independence from childhood to adulthood. One of the ways your child may want to express that independence and personal growth is through an oral piercing. However, this form of self-expression poses some serious oral health risks. With that in mind, here are three reasons to point your child in another direction if he or she wants an oral piercing.

  1. Chipped Teeth – Oral piercings are made from a hard metal that is going to be clicking and clacking against the teeth. If the teen plays with the piercing by flicking it around, it’s not a big leap to expect a chipped, scratched, or lost tooth. Even fillings and sealants meant to protect teeth from damage can be destroyed by contact with a metal piercing.
  2. Nerve Damage – This is a common problem with a tongue piercing. In fact, many people report that the tongue is numb for several hours after the piercing takes place. However, for others, the nerve damage is more severe. In fact, some people who get an oral piercing report problems with their sense of taste.
  3. Swelling, Pain, and Infections – The mouth is full of bacteria. Some of these bacteria are what causes tooth decay. When an oral piercing is made, some of these harmful bacteria can get into the open wound. The results can include swelling, pain, and the risk of infection.

Preventative and Restorative Dental Treatments for Children

At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, our focus is on prevention. Thus, we try to protect kids from bad decisions, such as getting an oral piercing, through educating children and their parents. However, we also offer restorative treatments. For example, if a teen with an oral piercing chips a tooth, we may be able to repair it so the tooth is not lost. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling 619-741-1500 today.