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Did you know that many of the decisions you make in your life can have lasting effects on your smile? As a teen, you may pick up habits that may seem cool of the time but can have severe consequences and leave debilitating effects on your teeth and gums. One particular habit that can be hazardous to your oral health is mouth jewelry.

The use of mouth jewelry typically arises as a teen. Lip and tongue rings are often all the rage, and teens find themselves having the treatments done to improve their social settings and display their unique sense of style. However, mouth jewelry can lead to choking, cracked teeth, and present risks for severe infections including hepatitis and endocarditis.

The risk of lacerations is very high with mouth jewelry. Initially, a whole or puncture must be given for the piece of mouth jewelry to be inserted. However, the risk will always be there for the object to be yanked or torn out, which can lead to severe oral trauma, and negatively alter your face potentially for the rest of your life. Furthermore, tongue and mouth jewelry can make cleaning your teeth and gums more difficult, thus lowering your oral health status.

Avoid mouth jewelry so your smile has the best chance for success. For additional help, no matter which oral health care treatment you choose, the real importance is the oral health benefits it can provide. If you would like Dr. Cindy Wassif and our team at Wassif Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to bring you in for an oral exam to determine which treatment is best for you, please contact our dentist office in Middle River, Maryland, by calling us at 410-687-1162. We look forward to hearing from you soon!