Understanding Mouth Jewelry

Dr. Jonathan Thomas, DDSDental Care

A healthy smile needs more than just brushing and flossing routines. Even though brushing and flossing are essential for keeping your teeth clean and free of debris and bacteria, everyone runs the risk of oral accidents. In fact, one of the most effective treatments for your smile is preventing damage from occurring in the first place. You should be aware of risks that could be putting your smile in harm’s way. This can include the use of mouth jewelry.

When it comes to mouth jewelry, there is more potential harm that can come from it than good. Several severe oral health risks are associated with mouth jewelry. One is the risk of infections such as endocarditis and hepatitis. Mouth jewelry can lacerate your gums and rupture blood vessels if the piercing is done incorrectly. If you ever suffer from an oral trauma your piercing can cause further damage to your mouth. Allergic reactions and choking hazards are often present with mouth jewelry as well. Because the jewelry is made of plastic or metal, it could chip and crack your tooth enamel and your teeth. Mouth jewelry can also make oral hygiene difficult.

Dr. Jonathan Thomas and our team are here to help you in every way we can. If you would like to evaluate your oral health risks, come see us at our dental office in Kihei, Hawaii. Please call us at 808-879-1944 to speak with a member of our team.