Your oral health is connected to your overall health and well-being.
Factors that Affect your Oral Health
- All forms of tobacco use
- Oral piercing
- Teeth whitening
- Eating disorders
- Alcohol and drug misuse
- Oral sex (HPV and other sexually transmitted diseases)
- Poor nutrition
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Getting an Oral Piercings
Body piercing is not a regulated profession in Ontario. Licensing does not exist to ensure that individuals and business are safe and knowledgeable.
Things to look for when considering a tattoo or piercing:
- Sterile needles are opened in front of you and thrown out in a 'sharps' container
- Only fresh ink is used and poured into disposable caps
- The artist always wears disposable gloves and changes them after touching anything that might not be sterile
- Items such as razors, ink caps and swabs are being used and then thrown out
- Only sterile dressings are placed over the tattoo/pierced area
- Aftercare instructions are discussed with you
- The studio's latest autoclave test results
- A hand washing sink, surface disinfectants and skin antiseptics are all present
Experienced tattoo and body piercing artists will be willing to show you how they are lowering the risk of infection. Credible artists will also take the time to answer any questions you may have
Risks of oral piercing include:
- Hepatitis B or C
- Serious infection of the piercing site
- Allergy or sensitivity to the jewelry
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Difficulty eating and speaking
If you are concerned with your teeth colour, talk to a dental professional for advice on the best product for you.
Oral health routine tips:
- Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes.
- Floss daily to remove plaque between your teeth.
- Use a dental dam (form of contraception used for oral sex) to reduce your risk of HPV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
- Don't smoke or chew tobacco.
- Schedule regular check-ups with a dental professional
- Make healthy food choices according to Canada's Food Guide and limit sugary drinks.
- Reduce alcohol consumption.
- Protect your lips from the sun by using UV protection lip balm.
- Wear a Canadian Standards Association (CSA) mouth guard while playing sports.
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Still have questions?
Please call the Dental Health Line at 905-688-8248 or 1-800-505-6074 ext. 7399.