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Posted on 8/20/2019 by Dr. Michael Allard
|Oral piercings have become more popular over the years. There are many reasons for someone to get an oral piercing and when they are done right and cared for properly, they are not a big problem. It is when they are not done right or cared for that problems begin to arise.
One of the most common problems with oral piercings is infection. An infection at the site of the oral piercing is not something to ignore. It could cause a variety of different serious problems if it is not dealt with in a timely fashion.
How the Infections HappenInfections can occur at any time when a person has an oral piercing. The most common time an infection happens is when the oral piercing is first done. To do the piercing, you are putting a hole in your body. That open wound is a place where bacteria can grow. If you don't follow the aftercare instructions, you could end up with an infection.
Infections can occur after the oral piercing is put in place. If they cause any damage to the area around the piercing, it could open up a cut that is a place where an infection can start.
Why are the Infections Dangerous?An infection in the body will rarely clear up on its own. If the infection is around the mouth, teeth or gums, the dangers are even higher. The mouth is a place where there is a lot of bacteria. If the bacteria grow unchecked that can cause a myriad of problems with the teeth and gums.
The introduction of bacteria through an infected oral piercing provides more opportunities for the bacteria to grow in the mouth. These bacteria can spread to the teeth and gums but can also get into the bloodstream and spread to every other part of the body., It is not something to ignore.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.