People instinctively are all about self-expression whether that be through hobbies, style, or other things. One common form of self-expression is oral piercings. Oral piercings can be that of the tongue, lip, or cheeks.
Although these forms of piercings are popular and common you should be aware of the potential risks associated with these kinds of piercings. The jewelry for these kinds of piercings include many styles including studs, barbells, and rings just like an ear piercing, however wearing the jewelry in your mouth provides a greater health risk.
Piercings these areas can affect your speech, chewing, and swallowing. These piercings can lead to damaged gum tissue causing your gums to recede and cause more vulnerable teeth roots that are now susceptible to decay and periodontal disease. Biting or playing with the jewelry can lead to cracked, scratched and sensitive teeth.
Teeth with crowns, caps, or other restorative treatments can be damaged if the jewelry pierces them. However with proper care and maintenance you can avoid these issues. Should anything alarming arise, see your dentist right away.