Teenagers often view tongue piercings as a way to express their growing individuality, and parents may allow this piercing as the metal bar is impermanent and not as visible as a tattoo or eyebrow piercing. At Samuel Yee DDS INC, we are well aware of the dangerous effects of tongue piercings on your oral and overall health. We recommend that you avoid intraoral or perioral piercings. To learn more, and to schedule your consultation with Dr. Samuel Yee DDS, please contact our office at 949-831-3111.
How is tongue piercing harmful?
Many piercing parlors are unlicensed. An unlicensed parlor is a potential place where diseases such as tetanus, tuberculosis, and hepatitis can be transmitted. Even in a licensed parlor, you run the risk of developing a number of serious and painful conditions as a result of your tongue piercing, including:
- Bacterial infections
- Blood clots
- Blood poisoning
- Brain abscesses
- Chronic pain
- Damaged nerves
- Fractured or cracked teeth
- Heart infections
- Hypersensitivity reactions as a result of the metal bar
- Periodontal disease
- Problems with enunciating and speaking correctly
What are common problems related to tongue piercing?
You will likely experience severe pain and swelling for several days following a tongue piercing. The new holes in your teeth will be at high risk of developing an infection, particularly as your mouth is hosts many colonies of bacteria at any given time. Your saliva production will also increase as a response to a foreign object in the mouth.
Are there long-term problem with develop due to tongue piercing?
Long-term problems with tongue piercings are very common. If your piercing includes a screw-on ball, it will scrape against your tooth enamel and make you more susceptible to decay and periodontal disease. Your soft tissues can also become infected in specific areas as the tongue bar rubs against them. If the tongue bar is unusually long, it can become tangled around the tongue or teeth and be ripped out of the tongue, similar to the way an earring can be ripped out of the ear. This is extremely pain and very difficult to repair.
For more information about the impact of tongue piercing on your oral health, and to arrange a consultation with our dentist to discuss tongue piercing, please contact our practice today.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
When your third molars, more commonly known as wisdom teeth, begin to erupt, it can cause a number of problems for your smile and oral health, including tooth misalignment, crowded teeth, and infections. Dr. Samuel Yee DDS provides wisdom teeth extractions to help you avoid these and other problems and maintain a healthy smile. We welcome you to call us at 949-831-3111 to learn more about wisdom teeth extractions in Aliso Viejo, California, and schedule your consultation with our dentist.
Xylitol – Reducing Cavities
Tooth decay is a common, yet preventable problem. At Samuel Yee DDS INC, we use Xylitol to help reduce childhood tooth decay and improve your child’s overall oral health. To learn more about Xylitol in Aliso Viejo, California, and schedule your child’s appointment with Dr. Samuel Yee DDS, please call our practice at 949-831-3111.
Xylitol is a natural substance that can be found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, including:
As we know that it can be difficult to encourage children to consistently eat fruits and vegetables, our dentist also offers Xylitol in the form of a sugar substitute, a gum, and a concentrate in various health foods.
Studies indicate that 4-20 grams of Xylitol each day (divided into several helpings) can reduce decay and cavities by as much as 70%. Please note that excessive consumption of Xylitol will not provide more protection against decay. Rather, the recommended amount of this supplement will enhance other cavity-reduction efforts to produce long-term results.
Xylitol works to neutralize the harmful, acid-producing bacteria that live in your mouth and feed on sugars and carbohydrates. Xylitol also stimulates saliva production, making the removal of food particles, plaque, and bacteria from your mouth more effective. In combination with fluoride, Xylitol will work to remineralize your teeth to provide protection from cavity formation.
While young children should not use Xylitol, infants can benefit from this supplement through their mothers. Mothers of children between 3 months and 2 years who chew xylitol gum several times each day can help protect their children until about age 5. In this instance, Xylitol works by reducing the amount of microorganisms transmitted from mother to child.
We recommend that children begin using Xylitol supplements or eating foods containing Xylitol when they are toddlers.
For more information about Xylitol and to schedule your child’s appointment with our friendly dentist, call our practice today.