Oral piercing can be bad for your health for many reasons. First, your mouth contains a tremendous amount of bacteria, so infections are common. If a piercing is misplaced, it can cause nerve damage or significant swelling of the tongue. The jewelry itself can also be dangerous – it can chip or crack teeth and, if it comes loose, you can choke.
Bruxism, or grinding your upper and lower teeth, can occur both while awake and while sleeping. Over time, it can cause significant problems, including
- Wearing down tooth enamel
- Breaking fillings or other dental work
- Worsening of TMJ dysfunction
- Jaw pain, toothache, headaches, or earaches
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth mobility
- Chipped teeth
- Eroding gums and supporting bones, contributing to gum disease.
While there is no known cure, bruxism can be managed with a nightguard.
Smokeless tobacco products can cause very serious problems, including tooth decay, eating away at gums, staining teeth, causing oral sensitivity to hot and cold, and decreasing the sense of taste and smell.
It can also cause oral cancers that, if left untreated, can be very serious.
If any of our patients are pregnant, we ask that you let us know prior to any x-rays or dental treatment.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Baby bottle tooth decay is a form of tooth decay that can destroy an infant’s teeth. This decay may even enter the underlying bone structure, which can hamper development of the permanent teeth.
Baby bottle decay is caused by frequent and long exposure to liquids containing sugar such as milk, formula, fruit juices, soda and other sweetened liquids. These liquids fuel the bacteria in a child’s mouth, which produces acids that attack enamel.