Oral piercing is a popular form of body art in Los Angeles, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman, a dentist serving the Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Century City areas. When my patients ask me about the safety of oral piercings, I make sure they consider the possible detrimental consequences.
First, Beverly Hills patients 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. Your ability to chew, swallow, and speak can also be impaired by an oral piercing.
Oral piercings can lead to an increase in saliva flow and, possibly, excessive drooling, something my Los Angeles dental patients generally want to avoid. (I don’t know anyone in Los Angeles who thinks drooling is attractive.) It’s also critical to know that chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible problems.
Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern Beverly Hills, Century City, and Hollywood residents is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, the damage is extreme and 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 still want to opt for a tongue bar or lip piercing, please communicate with your Los Angeles area dentist so you can consider the safest decision possible for your dental health.
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Dr. Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles California