Your child may love their body piercings, but they’re more harmful than they appear. Since our mouths contain a large amount of bacteria, someone with pierced tongue, lips, or cheek are more prone to infection and other side effects.

Teeth. It can lead to chips, cracks, and fractures, which can result in expensive dental work. When participating in sports, it’s especially important to protect your mouth with a mouthguard.

Gums. Not only do oral piercings injure soft gum tissue, it can also cause the gums to recede. Recessed gums leave your tooth root more vulnerable to decay and periodontal disease.

Oral function. When you have jewelry in your mouth, it can interfere with your ability to pronounce words correctly. It can also cause problems when it comes to chewing and swallowing.

If your child has oral piercings…
•Schedule appointments with your dentist regularly — this will help keep the site clean.
•Contact your dentist or physician if you notice any swelling, pain, fever, or chills.
•Constantly check the tightness of their jewelry to help prevent your child from choking.

If you’re looking for a superior pediatric dentist on Long Island to care for your little one’s teeth, look no further than Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County. For more questions or tips on how to keep your child’s teeth healthy, give us a call! We offer a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring our patients are comfortable at all times.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call.

Commack Office | 631-486-6364
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