Many people looking to express themselves artistically turn to piercings instead of tattoos because they feel as though the jewelry can be taken out later, whereas tattoos are permanent. Unfortunately, piercings can leave lasting effects long after the jewelry is removed.
Oral piercings, including lip rings, can cause gum recession, which can lead to decay and periodontal disease, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that destroys the tissue that supports the bone that holds the teeth in place, according to the AAP.
Additional oral health risks include:
- Chipped teeth from piercings in the tongue, lips and cheeks.
- Many people wind up chipping their teeth as a result of playing with the jewelry in their mouth or accidentally biting the jewelry while eating.
- Lip rings also run the risk of wearing a groove in teeth where the ring rests.
- Infection is also a possibility with oral piercings.
- There is so much bacteria in our mouths, that there is a good chance of getting an infection at the piercing site.
If you suspect damage from oral piercings, Aesthetic Dentistry by Design can help. 719-599-0700