How Do You Care for the Piercing?
If you decide to get an oral piercing, caring for it correctly is essential. Your care will help to make sure that it doesn't become infected or cause any other issues.
It's also important to choose a professional piercing shop with good customer reviews. After you get the piercing, make sure to ask your piercing specialist to show you how to properly clean your piercing site and take your jewelry in and out.
Although the ADA advises against gum and oral piercings, they offer some advice to help care for the area if you already have a piercing to reduce the risk of irritation or infection. They recommend using a mouth rinse after every meal to keep the piercing site clean.
It's also a good idea to remove the piercing from time to time to protect your teeth and gums from damage. For example, if you play sports or are very active, take out the piercing. That way, there's no chance of it ripping or getting knocked against your teeth. Also, it's helpful to protect your teeth with a mouthguard.
Of course, brushing two times a day and flossing daily is always essential, especially with a piercing. It's also important to note that if you have an oral piercing, periodic checks with your dental team can help prevent, intercept, and treat complications that arise while also keeping your oral care on point.
Now you know all about smiley piercings and the risks associated with them, including infection and allergies. Although the ADA doesn't recommend oral piercings of any kind, you now know how to care for a smiley piercing if you decide to get one. The key is to keep the area clean, rinse after meals, and stay in close contact with your dentist. If you already have a smiley piercing but would like to close it up, talk to your dentist and start the process right away. It'll help ensure that you don't experience any issues with it down the road.