Know The Facts About Oral Piercings

health risks of oral piercings Arcadia

Body piercings are a common form of self-expression. This post is about oral piercing, and its effects on oral health.

Since this is a dental blog, you may be expecting all sorts of alarms about the dangers of piercings. You are right. Unfortunately, these piercings and the jewelry they accommodate can lead to serious troubles with not only your teeth and mouth, but your entire body.

Oral piercings can cause tooth damage, tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth loss, bone recession, compromised immune system function and, in rare cases, death. Any oral piercing opens you up to  harmful infections and complications. The mouth is full of germs and introducing foreign objects permanently is not natural for your body’s health.

A tongue piercing can result in difficulty chewing with unnatural chewing patterns that may lead to swallowing problems. The jewelry produces excess saliva from the salivary glands, which throws off the natural balance of your oral cavity. Permanent nerve deterioration, excessive bleeding, and allergic reactions can also develop.

Metal jewelry also can easily come in contact with your teeth, leading to cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth. Your teeth are built to last a lifetime. Chips, cracks, and enamel erosion compromise their durability and shorten their life span.

Complications with some piercings ensue by the introduction of hepatitis and herpes simplex viruses, and even more complications have occurred with bacteria entering the bloodstream and eventually lodging in the heart valve. In rare cases, such infections are fatal.

Though not technically a piercing, some California people drill small holes in their teeth to place rhinestones or other jewelry. Drilling into a tooth is harmful for many reasons, including damage that can make a root canal necessary. The jewel also can attract bacteria that can directly go into the drilled cavity of the tooth.

At Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia, we are providers of family and cosmetic dentistr. We encourage patients with oral piercings to remove their jewelry before it puts their health at risk. If plan to keep yours, we urge you to have regular dental cleanings and check-ups. We will set up a schedule for regular visits so we can discover and correct problems in their early stages before they become more severe.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007

 


Dental Confidence Or Caution

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Whether you are one of those who goes willingly for a check-up, or are hesitant about getting dental work done, Premier Dental Esthetics is your Arcadia dentist.

The cost of dentistry doesn’t have to be an unknown. A suitable consultation can bring you up to date about possible procedures and shed light on the pros and cons of comprehensive dentistry, our specialty.

Not only do we offer cosmetic dentistry, we’ll see patients for dental implants because we want to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. We’ll have you open wide for orthodontics because straighter teeth are healthier teeth.

Make an appointment with Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia today.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007

 


Don’t Let Stress Hurt Your Smile: Oral Health in Arcadia

Don't Take Stress Out On Your Teeth ArcadiaWe all lead stressful lives, and maybe that’s why more and more people seem to have stress-related dental issues. That concerns us at Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia, because stress can really do a number on your oral health.

Mouth sores, teeth clenching and grinding, gum disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be exacerbated by stress.

Anyone who difficulty managing stress needs to realize it can increase the risk of getting mouth sores such as cankers and cold sores. Most canker sores only last 7-10 days, but for relief from the irritation, we recommend an over-the-counter topical anesthetic from any drug store.

Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out folks, and often it’s done unconsciously. At Premier Dental Esthetics, we can determine if a night guard or other dental appliance is appropriate to minimize the effects of grinding.

Gum disease is exacerbated by stress because stress can result in an increase in dental plaque, which in turn contributes to the development of gum disease.

And many people under stress are more likely to neglect their oral hygiene routine. Many also tend to eat more sugary snacks when they’re under stress.

If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your oral health, schedule an appointment at Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia. We offer family and cosmetic dentistry, gum disease treatment, children’s dental health, and emergency dentistry.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007

 


Good Habits: Dental Hygiene in Arcadia

Developing Good Dental Habits In South Temple City

Benjamin Franklin once said that it’s easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. At Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia, we believe this is as true for dental hygiene as it is for anything else.

For parents in the Arcadia area, teaching your children good oral hygiene techniques early in life will benefit their smile throughout their life. If you wait too long to teach them how to brush and floss, or if you don’t make sure they are doing it enough, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of work down the road.

It can be hard to convince an older child that they should be spending two or three minutes brushing their teeth each morning and night. But, if they’ve done it for as long as they can remember, then their habits should be sufficient to avoid excessive dental decay.

Teach your kids to aim for:

  • Clean teeth
  • Pink gums

The best way to keep and maintain children’s dental health is with a consistent oral hygiene program at home, and visiting Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. We provide family and cosmetic dentistry, and emergency dental care.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007