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Did you know there are many things that can damage your teeth, gums and smile? Well, it’s true, and oral piercings are one of them. In fact, oral piercings can be quite dangerous for the smile, so if you’re considering a tongue, lip or other type of oral piercing, then our dentists, Dr. Brett Langston and Dr. Maria Pappas, encourage you to think twice. The dangers of oral piercings include:

-Infection, pain and swelling: Because your mouth is home to high amounts of bacteria, your oral piercing can get infected. When this happens, it can severely harm the health. In fact, it can quickly become life-threatening if it’s not treated immediately. A piercing can also make the tongue swell, which could block your airway and suffocate you.

-Damage to the teeth and gums: Sometimes the piercing can rub against the teeth and gums, which can wear the tooth enamel away and even make the gums pull from the base of the teeth. This can cause extreme tooth sensitivity and weak teeth. Oral piercings can also fracture and break the teeth if you tend to chew on the jewelry.

-Damaged nerves: After a piercing, you might experience a numb tongue. This is because there is nerve damage. The side effect can be temporary or permanent. This can mess with your sense of taste, your speech and the way you move your mouth.

To learn more about oral piercings in Decatur, Georgia, please contact Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta when you have the opportunity. Our dental team is happy to help you in any way we can, even if it’s just by answering your questions, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (404) 321-4588. We look forward to your phone call!