Got facial piercings? Maybe you’re mulling it over. Thinking about a nice monroe or a lip piercing. While facial piercings can be trendy, it’s important to know how they can affect your oral health.
How to Maintain Good Oral Health with Facial Piercings
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If you’ve got a particularly large piece of jewelry in your lip, it can hit your teeth with some substantial force just while talking and eating. If you play sports, falling or being hit can be even worse if you’ve got a lip ring in to crush your teeth. If you plan on working out or playing sports, take your rings and studs out first, or replace them with smaller pieces.
The metal from oral piercings can rub against your gums, causing them to bleed and recede over time. Give your gums a break by finding acrylic jewelry, such as acrylic balls. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, and are less likely to irritate your skin. However, acrylic jewelry does need to be removed and cleaned more often than metal jewelry.
Loss of enamel (the outer layer of your teeth) can occur if you have metal in your mouth that you’re constantly fidgeting with. Piercings can naturally scrap away your enamel without fidgeting so taking your piercing out to sleep and keeping it as still as possible during the day (i.e., no tongue wiggling) will help prevent this.
If you get a new piercing, it is extremely important to care for it and disinfect it several times a day. You can do this easily with mouth rinses, especially after meals as food particles can get stuck in the hole of your new piercing.
If you have concerns about your facial piercings, or want to make sure you maintain good dental health after getting one, ask Dr. Jone for extra tips!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Raymond Jone, Pacific Sky Dental