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In life, we are often encounter things that may seem like a good idea at the time but could cause problems in the future. This is especially true with oral health. Mouth jewelry is one of those things that may seem like a good choice to improve the look of your smile, but that comes with an increased risk for dental damage to your teeth and gums.

Are you aware of the risk factors commonly associated with mouth jewelry and how it can potentially damage your smile? Although many problems can be treatable, it is possible to cause permanent nerve damage and other problems with your mouth. With lip and tongue rings, you can leave yourself vulnerable to nerve damage when you are pierced, since the piercing can hit vital nerves or blood vessels.

Another common risk associated with mouth jewelry is with their material. Because they’re often crafted of hard plastic or metal, they can damage your gums and create chips, cracks, fractures, an oral inflammation. Furthermore, they can cause severe choking hazards and have been linked to diseases such as endocarditis and hepatitis. Allergic reactions and difficulty cleaning your mouth are also problems associated with mouth jewelry.

Are there any questions you have about risk factors for your smile? To improve your smile with risk prevention planning, you are welcome to schedule a visit with our dentist in Bountiful, Utah. Dr. David Duke and our team at Dental Designs of Bountiful want you to enjoy the rest of your life with a smile! To contact us, please call our dental office at 801-295-7171.