Oral piercings includes putting jewelry on tongue, lips, cheeks, and uvula. It can be associated with oral conditions especially if done improperly. But what do Filipino dentists say about the piercing made around your mouth area?
It can affect speech. Because there is something pierced through your tongue, lips, or uvula, you can have difficulty pronouncing. There would be uneasiness whenever you are about to speak. Also, the jewelry you pierced can subtly or mainly block air through your mouth which helps you produce sound.
It can cause infection, pain and swelling. Since your mouth is moist and is a passageway of food particles, it can breed bacteria. When your piercing blocks the airway, your tongue can swell and if not treated, can lead to more severe infection and complications.
It can damage your gums and teeth. What do you think you would do if you have piercing inside your mouth? Bite and play with it. However, playing with it can further damage your gums and teeth. It can injure your gums by making scratches on its sides and it can crack your teeth through constant contact.
It can lead to heart related problems. When getting pierced, a wound is made in the area. Through this wound, bacteria can enter the bloodstream and travel to the heart leading to a condition called endocarditis, an inflammation of the heart.
It can interfere with your chewing and eating. With the jewelry pierced inside your mouth, eating would be a little hard since there is something that comes between your food and mouth. Some food particles might get stuck to it, making it more difficult to eat.
It can (sometimes) lead to permanent nerve damage. Your tongue may experience dumbness right after piercing due to nerve damage. It is temporary but could also be permanent. If it becomes permanent, it can affect your sense of taste. There would also be change on how you move your mouth for it can be painful if not taken care of and cause blood loss.
Oral piercing may be your personal choice of self-expression but if you start to feel something different or painful with your oral piercing on, do not hesitate to make an appointment with your dentist. Also, only get your body pierce with the services of professionals. It is better to first ask your dentist if it is advisable for you to get piercing as well. You can read more about the necessary precautions needed in piercing especially if you want it inside your mouth, on the inner ear, nose and other sensitive body parts.