Oral piercing is a popular form of body-art in New York City, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. I’m Dr. Marc Beshar, a dentist serving the Manhattan, Midtown, and NYC areas. When my patients ask me about the safety of oral piercings, I make sure they understand the possible consequences.
First, NYC residents should know that infection is always a major concern with any piercing, but because the mouth is the perfect environment for breeding bacteria, oral piercings are especially problematic. Chewing, swallowing, and speaking can also be impaired by an oral piercing.
Oral piercings can lead to an increase in saliva flow and, possibly, excessive drooling, something my New York City dental patients generally want to avoid. (I don’t know anyone in New York City who thinks drooling is attractive.) Chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible results.
Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern NYC, Midtown, and Manhattan residents is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, sensations never return.
If you’ve read through this and you’re still sure a tongue bar or lip piercing is for you, please consult your New York City area dentist so they can help you make the safest decision possible for your dental health. If you are looking for a dentist around NYC, our healthy staff here at Marc J. Beshar, DMD would be happy to schedule an appointment for you. We offer porcelain veneers, dental crowns, sedation dentistry, and more!
We may even convince you that safe, effective cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, veneers, or bonding would be a smarter and safer way to express your personality and boost your confidence. Give us a call today!
Dr. Marc Beshar
Marc J. Beshar, DMD
25 Central Park W, #1C
New York City New York