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If you’re considering getting a tongue ring, lip ring or other sort of oral piercing, our dentist, Dr. Stuart Williams, encourages you to think twice. Little did you know, oral piercings can be dangerous for your teeth, gums and smile, which is why he encourages you to avoid getting one. Oral piercings can do the following things:

-Cause infection, pain and swelling: If your piercing becomes infected, it can quickly become life-threatening if it’s not treated as soon as possible. It can also make the tongue swell, which can block the airway and suffocate you.

-Cause damage to the teeth and gums: A piercing can rub against the teeth and gums and irritate them. This can wear away the tooth enamel and make the gums pull away from the base of the teeth. The piercing can also crack and fracture your teeth if you tend to chew on it.

-Damage nerves: Oftentimes a piercing can affect the nerves of the tongue and make it numb. This is usually temporary, but it can be permanent, affecting your sense of taste, speech and the way you move your mouth.

So, please avoid getting an oral piercing. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about oral piercings in Charlotte, North Carolina, please reach out to Charlotte Dental Esthetics today. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can, so don’t hesitate to give us a call!