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Can Piercing Your Lip Be Bad News for Your Oral Health?

Posted on 7/23/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A close up of a woman’s lip piercing.Are you considering getting your lip pierced? If so, you may be thinking about a lot of possible issues, including the possibility of infection and how the piercing will look in photos. However, one thing that people often fail to consider is how a lip piercing is going to affect their oral health. Recent research has worked to better understand how lip piercings can impact your mouth.

Lip Piercings and Tooth Health

The University of Barcelona recently completed a study involving lip piercings. Oral surgeons who authored the study investigated patients with lip piercings to only one side of their mouths, and both their general oral condition and gum health were observed.

The results indicated that these piercings led to considerable long-term dental health risks, especially when it came to cracked teeth. About 20% of patients had tooth cracks and fractures on the side of their mouth where they had their lip piercing.

Cracks in the teeth can be extremely problematic. Besides being painful, they can cause damage to the inner workings of the tooth, including exposing the pulp and nerve. Most cracks require root canals in order to correct the problem, otherwise the tooth could be lost.

Lip Piercings and Gum Health

This study also found that when patients had lip piercings, they experienced looser gums and greater levels of recession on the side with the piercing. The piercings resulted in greater gum loss, which could lead to a higher risk of tooth decay and future dental problems.

More young people than ever are choosing facial piercings, especially in the lip, but just because you like the way a lip ring makes your smile look doesn't mean that these piercings are a good idea. Keep the potential risks in mind when making the decision to get one of these piercings in order to protect your oral health.

Please contact us if you have any questions about lip piercings effect on your oral health!


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