Body modification has a long and respectable history, playing important roles in societies throughout the world. Sometimes it’s done as a form of personal expression, religious devotion, or as part of a cultural tradition with its own special meaning. In America, body modification is largely a case of personal expression, and oral piercings, in particular, has been growing in popularity. Along with it, there has been a growing concern among dentists and dental patients about the safety of having these piercings and the long-term consequences for your oral health. In this article, we’ll explore the risks associated with oral piercings and how you may be able to avoid them.
The first thing we need to go over is the types of oral piercings that exist so that we can address any concerns associated with them. The following list covers the most common types of piercings in broad categories. Within each of these types can be found countless variations as unique as the person who gets them.
These are just a few of the more common types of piercing available, though there are other styles available, including web piercings and uvula piercings.
While generally benign, there is an assortment of common concerns that come with having a foreign object inserted in your body. The specific nature and structures of the mouth make this particularly true for oral piercings. The most common concerns facing those with oral piercings include:
If you’re considering an oral piercing and want to learn more about preventing complications while living with them, contact Lifetime Dental Care today. Dr. April J Toyer helps patients live their best, most authentic life by providing options through patient education and treatment. We’re excited about seeing you at our Woodbridge, VA offices!
The team at Lifetime Dental Care brings a full range of services to patients in and around the Woodbridge, VA area. These four doctors bring a range of experience, diverse backgrounds, and professional knowledge together to provide families with a safe and friendly home for their oral health needs.