Oral piercing is a popular form of body-art in Derry, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. We’re Drs. Rothenberg and Moskowitz, a team of dentists serving the Londonderry, Windham, and Chester areas. When our patients ask us about the safety of oral piercings, we make sure they understand the possible consequences.
First, Manchester residents should know that infection is always a major concern with any piercing, but because the mouth is the perfect environment for breeding bacteria, oral piercings are especially problematic. Chewing, swallowing, and speaking can also be impaired by an oral piercing.
Oral piercings can lead to an increase in saliva flow and, possibly, excessive drooling, something our Derry dental patients generally want to avoid. (We don’t know anyone in Derry who thinks drooling is attractive.) Chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible results.
Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern Chester, Windham, and Londonderry residents is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, sensations never return. An injured nerve can also affect facial movements as well as your sense of taste.
If you’ve read through this and you’re still sure a tongue bar or lip piercing is for you, please consult your Derry area dentist so they can help you make the safest decision possible for your dental health. If you are looking for a dentist around Manchester, our high tech staff here at Vanguard Dental Group would be happy to schedule an appointment for you. We offer family dentistry, sleep apnea and snoring treatment, restorative dentistry, and more!
We may even convince you that safe, effective cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, veneers, or bonding would be a smarter and safer way to express your personality and boost your confidence. Give us a call today!
Drs. Rothenberg and Moskowitz
Vanguard Dental Group
19D Manchester Rd Ste 3
Derry New Hampshire