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Our dentist, Dr. Ellis K. List, wants you to have the top-notch smile and oral health you deserve. This is why he encourages you to properly clean and care for your teeth and gums regularly. One way you can care for them is by avoiding oral piercings. Little did you know, oral piercings can severely damage your smile. In fact, some oral piercing dangers are:

-Infection, pain and swelling: If your piercing becomes infected, it can quickly become life-threatening if it’s not treated as soon as possible. It can also make the tongue swell, which can block the airway and suffocate you.

-Damage the teeth and gums: A piercing can rub against the teeth and gums and wear them down and even irritate them. This can cause tooth fractures and even receded gums. If you have the habit of biting or chewing on the piercing, there is a chance you can break and scratch the teeth as well.

-Damaged nerves: After a piercing, you might experience a numb tongue. This is because there is nerve damage. The side effect can be temporary or permanent. This can mess with your sense of taste, your speech and the way you move your mouth.

For more information and details about oral piercings in Durham, North Carolina, please contact Ellis K. List, DDS, PA. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can, and we will be happy to give you the answers you need. So, don’t be afraid to call 919-682-5327 now. We look forward to hearing from you!