Adolescent Dentistry

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Tongue Piercing - Is It Really Cool?

You might not be surprised anymore to see people with pierced tongues, lips or cheeks, but you might be surprised to know just how dangerous these piercings can be.

There are many risks involved with oral piercings, including chipped or cracked teeth, blood clots, blood poisoning, heart infections, brain abscess, nerve disorders, receding gums or scar tissue. Your mouth contains millions of bacteria, and infection is a common complication of oral piercing. Your tongue could swell large enough to close off your airway!

Common symptoms after piercing include pain, swelling, infection, an increased flow of saliva and injuries to gum tissue. Difficult-to-control bleeding or nerve damage can result if a blood vessel or nerve bundle is in the path of the needle.

While oral piercings might be used as a style statement or a type of self-expression, they also represent a genuine risk of long haul harm to your oral health. Oral piercings include piercing the tongue, lips or cheeks with gems, frequently in such styles as barbells, studs and rings.

So follow the advice of the American Dental Association and give your mouth a break – skip the mouth jewelry.

Risks related to piercing:

  1. Infection: Doesn’t matter how you keep your mouth clean, it is regularly loaded with bacterias. Brushing, flossing and keeping up a healthy eating regimen can hold microbes under control and keep innocuous microscopic organisms from developing. Nonetheless, with an oral piercing, disease turns into a typical issue.

    To oversee pain and swelling of the tongue and mouth brought on by infection, melt ice chips in your mouth or, contingent upon how swollen you get, a remedy for mitigating medicine might be required.

  2. Harmed Gums and Teeth: Metal gems inside the mouth can prompt genuine harm to the gums by harming delicate gum tissue and creating the gums to recede. Receding gums leave part of the tooth’s root uncovered, making you more powerless against gum disease and tooth rot. While brushing with a delicate toothbrush and staying aware of good oral cleanliness propensities can regularly keep retreating gums from deteriorating.

    Sometimes it’s important to unite tissue over the presented root to facilitate anticipate harm. Steady contact with gems can likewise bring about the teeth to split or chip, particularly if they have been reestablished with crowns or tops.

  3. Disabled Oral Function: Having a new protest in your mouth can meddle with typical oral capacity, for example, biting, talking and gulping. Because of swelling or unreasonable spit stream brought on by the jewelry, you may think that its hard to proclaim words effectively.

    Different entanglements associated with oral piercing incorporate blood-borne diseases, gagging perils and delayed dying. An oral piercing is a main decision to make, as you are creating an impression as well as putting your oral and dental health in danger.

    Make sure to talk about your decision with your dental practitioner before proceeding with an oral piercing.

    If you do choose to get an oral piercing, dependably visit the parlor before choosing where to get your piercing.

  • Ensure that the office is spotless, and that the procedure happens using sterile gear.
  • Therefore, it is a smart idea to look online for respectable, experienced suppliers. Never experience a piercing of your own.
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Tobacco - Bad News In Any Form

Tobacco in any form can jeopardize your child’s health and cause incurable damage. Teach your child about the dangers of tobacco.

Smokeless tobacco, also called spit, chew or snuff, is often used by teens who believe that it is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. This is an unfortunate misconception. Studies show that spit tobacco may be more addictive than smoking cigarettes and may be more difficult to quit. Teens who use it may be interested to know that one can of snuff per day delivers as much nicotine as 60 cigarettes. In as little as three to four months, smokeless tobacco use can cause periodontal disease and produce pre-cancerous lesions called leukoplakias.

If your child is a tobacco user you should watch for the following that could be early signs of oral cancer:

  • A sore that won’t heal.
  • White or red leathery patches on the lips, and on or under the tongue.
  • Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or lips.
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue; or a change in the way the teeth fit together.

Because the early signs of oral cancer usually are not painful, people often ignore them. If it’s not caught in the early stages, oral cancer can require extensive, sometimes disfiguring, surgery. Even worse, it can kill.

Help your child avoid tobacco in any form. By doing so, they will avoid bringing cancer-causing chemicals in direct contact with their tongue, gums and cheek.

Reviewed by Dr. David E. Donald D.D.S. P.A.