Adolescent Dentistry

Do Tongue Piercings Affect My Teen’s Teeth?

Tongue piercing may not just be hard on parents’ eyes but may also be damaging to kids’ teeth and gums. A new study shows extended wear of barbell-type tongue jewelry can cause receding gums and chipped teeth. Not much attention is given to the harmful effect of lip piercing. Your body and teeth may suffer a lot of hazardous effect because of lip piercing. This is as serious as the tongue piercing; many have been ignoring the bad effects of lip piercing without realizing the impact of it. Lip piercing may cause infection. It can also damage your teeth. The most common problem of lip piercing is the effects it has on the gums. When a metal is inserted on your lip it will come in contact with your gums tissues. When this contact happens your gum may recede. Your teeth have larger chances to decay as this contact happens. In addition to this, it can be very painful. Gums hide the root of your teeth and these roots hold your teeth’s nerve end endings, but as your gums recedes, your nerves will be left exposed to all bacteria within the mouth.

Dangers of Tobacco in Any Form

People start smoking for a variety of different reasons. Some think it looks cool. Others start because their family members or friends smoke. Statistics show that about nine out of ten tobacco users start using tobacco before they are 18 years old. Most adults who started smoking in their teens never expected to become addicted. That is why people say it is just so much easier to not start smoking at all. Among young people, the short-term health consequences of smoking include respiratory and non respiratory effects, addiction to nicotine, and the associated risk of other drug use. Long-term health consequences of youth smoking are reinforced by the fact that most young people who smoke regularly continue to smoke throughout adulthood. Cigarette smokers have a lower level of lung function than those persons who have never smoked. Smoking reduces the rate of lung growth.