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Mouth jewelry may be a trendy fashion addition, but there are several health risks involved. With lip and tongue rings, you could be putting your smile at an increased risk of several forms of dental damage and give various tooth hazards a chance to occur. To protect your smile, you should be aware of mouth jewelry risks that could put your teeth and gums in harm’s way.

Mouth jewelry is extremely popular with young people, but extremely unpopular amongst dentists. The reason is that mouth jewelry is very difficult to clean around and can cause several oral health issues.Mouth jewelry easily chip and crack teeth. If a piece should ever break off, they can pose a choking hazard.

When tongue rings are placed into your mouth, the piercing may be done incorrectly and cause burst blood vessels or permanent nerve damage. Furthermore, allergic reactions, excessive drooling and the potential for infectious diseases such as endocarditis or hepatitis are possible. To keep your smile safe, always talk with your dentist about oral piercings, so that you fully understand the risks involved, and the extra cleaning steps you will need to take to make sure your mouth stays healthy.

Do you feel confident in your knowledge about risk factors for your smile? With preventive care from Theriot Family Dental Care, we can make sure you enjoy great oral health. If you want to schedule an appointment to visit us at our dental office in Lafayette, Louisiana, Dr. John Theriot and our team can be reached by calling 337-347-7210.