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Have you been thinking about getting an oral piercing lately? It could seem enticing because they look trendy or cool, but it's worth knowing the health risks that can be associated with oral piercings. Even if you already have one, you may learn a few things that you did not know.
The human mouth contains millions of bacteria. Even without any piercings, it is not uncommon for people to develop an infection every once in a while. By adding an oral piercing, you do increase the likelihood of getting an infection.
Many people who have piercings tend to develop the habit of touching them regularly, which is like opening the door and yelling, "Welcome home, infections!" And because these piercings are in your mouth, particles of all of the food that comes through can accumulate and eventually cause a pretty serious health situation.
It's hard to ignore the presence of an oral piercing, so biting or playing with the site is fairly common. Doing so can lead to tooth fractures, however. While a fracture might be on the enamel of a tooth and require a simple filling, it can also go deeper, which could entail a root canal or even a tooth extraction! Other risks include hindering your ability to talk or eat, nerve damage, gum damage, or even loss of taste.
If you are still determined to get an oral piercing, at least be aware of the time it will take to heal. It can take anywhere from four to six weeks, and can cause great discomfort during that time. Be willing to give it that time in order to lower your chances of infection.
Make sure that you understand that getting an oral piercing will involve adding further responsibility to your daily dental health duties. It's essential that you commit to regular upkeep on your end, and not just while it's healing. If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!
Nobody likes bad breath, and although it can sometimes be difficult to tell if you have it, it is always better to practice good oral health than risk a smelly mouth. There are many ways to reduce or eliminate bad breath, some are definitely more effective and longer lasting than others. Check out ways to do so below.
- FLOSS REGULARLY
- In spite of recent Federal news related to the ineffectivenesss of flossing and as dificult as it can be to remember to floss regularly, when it comes to bad breath, flossing is one of the easiest and most effective ways to freshen up yur breath.
- Using some sort of mouthwash can really improve your breath, especially if you find that it still smells after brushing and flossing.
- Whether after taking a nap, or having a full night's rest, brushing your teeth upon waking will reduce bad breath by decreasing the bacteria that accumulation in your mouth during sleep.
There are many ways to freshen your breath beyond just using gum and mints, the above mentioned ways are just a few that you can try. Test them out and you will likely find that your bad breath problem is solved, or at least considerably reduced.
October is the time to celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month! Once again, the American Dental Association and the Wrigley Company have partenered to help raise the public awareness about good oral health. The National Campaign focuses on Brush, Floss, Rinse, Chew!
- Always brush two minutes, twice daily
- Make flossing a daily habit
- Use Mouthwash to freshen breath
- After eating, chew sugar-free gum to fight tooth decay
More evidence continues to surface that is related to the important connection between good oral health and the elevated risk for heart disease and stroke. Simply remembering to brush regularly, floss effectively and maintain regular dental cleanings, can significantly reduce the oral bacteria that has been associated with your heart health!