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Mouth jewelry can lead to several oral health risks if you are not careful. Thus, avoid bad habits including the use of mouth jewelry. Even though mouth jewelry is extremely popular for self-expression including the implementation of lip and tongue rings, be aware that there are several health risks that come along with it.

One of the biggest risks of mouth jewelry is due to permanent nerve damage. If the jewelry is not placed correctly, it can lead to burst blood vessels or even permanent nerve damage. Furthermore, mouth jewelry often consists of hard pieces that may float around in your mouth and chip away at your tooth enamel. If that wasn’t enough, it also makes cleaning more difficult and can hinder your ability to adequately keep your teeth and gums clean and free of bacteria and debris.

If you have mouth jewelry in place, you may be at an increased risk for choking hazards, as pieces can break off and cause a blockage in your mouth. Furthermore, if you have a hypersensitivity to metals, you may have an allergic reaction in which your tongue may swell up and lead to difficulties breathing. Infectious diseases such as endocarditis and hepatitis are also well known to arise in connection with the use of mouth jewelry.

Be sure to make time in your life to visit your dentist at Copperstone Dental for additional care to improve your smile, and if necessary, to schedule an appointment for a thorough exam of your oral health. Dr. Matthew Tuft and our team can be reached at our dental office in Meridian, Idaho, by contacting us at 208•376•5499.