Q: I notice many of my teenage daughter’s friends have all kinds of oral piercings. I am a physician and feel my daughter would listen to you more than me. Can you please explain the risks of these awful things so that I may paste your column to her desk? Donna L. M.D.
A: Ok, listen up “y’all”. Paste this column on your “fridge”, email it to your teens, post it on Facebook and Tweet it to the hills. Perhaps Congressman Weiner can help distribute this important message to all his young fans. Millions of bacteria live in your mouth allowing piercings to become infected easily. Your tongue could swell large enough to block your airway after a man named “Snake” with tattoos of flaming skulls pierces your tongue. This can lead to uncontrollable bleeding and nerve damage. You can choke on the studs, barbells or hoops as many come loose. Teeth can chip or crack from contact with jewelry. I have performed dental implant surgery on teens that have lost teeth due to fracture from piercings as well as using gold “Grills”, made famous by rappers. Oh yeah. How about bad breath?
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry in Palm Beach and can be reached at email@example.com, 888-DRTOOTH (888-378-6684) or visit www.palmbeachdentist.com
By Dr. Mitchell Josephs