Mouth Ulcer Treatments for People with Mouth Piercings

Anybody can suffer with mouth ulcers, but they can be more common in those who have piercings in their oral cavity. The act of being pierced itself inevitably damages skin cells, and damaging the inside of the mouth is a frequent cause of ulceration. Additionally, having a piercing inserts a foreign body into the mouth which will be new and unusual for you. Consequently, you are more likely to use your tongue or teeth to play with the piercing, which may promote the onset of mouth ulcers due to prolonged friction. It is therefore imperative that those with mouth piercings understand the significance of oral hygiene, and piercing care, in order to mitigate the risk of getting a mouth ulcer.

Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is essential for people with mouth piercings as, common to all piercings, there is an increased risk of infection at the piercing site. It is essential to control the levels of bad bacteria in your mouth because of this increased risk, and in order to prevent halitosis (bad breath) which is more frequent in those with mouth jewellery because of the extra, hard-toget-to places bacteria and plaque have to hide.

Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once at night should be your minimum practice. Using mouthwash or brushing your teeth after every meal is recommended. At the very least, rinse your mouth with clean water after meals to encourage any trapped food particles to dislodge.

Avoid brushing the piercing site directly until it has fully healed, but thereafter take extra-special care to gently brush any posts, rings, and beads carefully so that plaque does not build up. The white residue is not only unsightly, but unhygienic, and may also make your piercing uncomfortable, increasing the chances of oral infections such as mouth ulcers (canker sores).

There is always the chance that mouth ulcers will still occur, regardless of the care you take, as there are many factors which are thought to contribute to their appearance. You can find out more information by reading our blog ‘The causes of mouth ulcers’.  Should this be the case, then there are multiple avenues you can pursue to alleviate the pain, minimise the chance of infection and reduce inflammation. A range of gels, pastes and mouth rinses are available from supermarkets and pharmacies and are popular mouth ulcer treatments. If you are treating an ulcer alongside a new, still healing, piercing, then do check with a professional that it would be appropriate to use these.

Alternatively, there are various home remedies that are widely used alongside, or instead of, more traditional, pharmaceutical mouth ulcer treatments such as Anbesol Adult Strength Gel. 

Whether you suffer from mouth ulcers or not, the importance of getting regular check-ups to ensure your piercings are sufficiently clean and continue to fit well should not be underestimated. With proper care, your new adornments should soon feel perfectly natural.

Anbesol Adult Strength Gel, for mouth ulcer pain relief. Always read the label. Not for use in infant teething


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