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Staying Healthy

Special Considerations

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Oral Piercings

If you are thinking about getting an oral piercing, carefully consider the risks:

  • Infection of the gums, lips and tongue
  • Gum damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Effect on speech and swallowing

If you get an oral piercing, be sure to get it done professionally. Follow the after-care advice from your piercer. Do not pierce yourself or get a friend to do it. Practice good oral health by brushing twice a day. Use a non-alcohol based mouthwash until piercing is fully healed. Be sure to brush around the piercing (for tongue piercings) after it has healed.

Caring for Dentures

Dentures should be well fitted and comfortable when you chew. Clean dentures daily using a soft toothbrush and mild soap and water or denture paste. Standard toothpaste is not recommended for cleaning dentures. Remove dentures and soak overnight in one part white vinegar and two parts cold water. Brush inside the mouth each morning before inserting the dentures and at night after removing them. This will help increase the circulation in the tissue to keep your gums healthy and your breath fresh.​​

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