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Oral Piercings: When Your Style Compromises Your Oral Health Marietta, GA

Oral Piercings: When Your Style Compromises Your Oral Health

Oral Health Marietta GA

There are many ways to express yourself. While a new hairstyle or even a tattoo won’t directly harm your dental health, an oral piercing undoubtedly can. Oral piercings are chosen as a favorable form of body art for some. However, just because it may be “cool” or trendy, doesn’t mean it is safe. In fact, oral piercings can pose a significant threat to your health and well-being.

Infection: A primary concern with an oral piercing is infection. Any type of piercing can introduce new bacteria to your body. A tongue or even lip piercing is the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive and breed.

Functional Limitations: Depending on the location and size of your oral piercing, you can suffer from impaired speech, chewing or swallowing.

Excess Saliva: It is typical to experience excessive saliva or drooling after getting an oral piercing. This can be more of an embarrassment or nuisance rather than an oral health issue.

Teeth Damage: One of the most common and serious concerns from an oral piercing involves direct injury or damage to your teeth. This can involve chips and cracks in your tooth enamel as well as damage to existing filling or crowns.

Metal Sensitivity: You may not realize your body’s sensitivity to metal until you get a piercing. Metal allergies can be dangerous if severe.

Nerve Damage: When getting an oral piercing, you can expect to feel temporary numbness. However, for some people, the loss of sensation is permanent. This is due to injured nerves, which can affect your ability to make certain facial expressions and may even damage your sense of taste.

At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we put oral health as a top priority. Therefore, we encourage patients to avoid oral piercings and find other safe ways to express themselves and show off their style. Considering the above risks to your health and comfort, this trend is simply not worth it.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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