Counseling on Tobacco & Intraoral Piercings
As your pediatric dentist we have a unique opportunity to talk with your teen about tobacco use. Over the years we form strong interpersonal relationships with our patients, from infant to adolescent. Sometimes advice from a respected adult outside of the family may be beneficial. As most of us are well aware, tobacco use can lead to lung and heart disease, and also oral cancer. We are experts on oral cancers, periodontal disease, and pointing out halitosis! We are happy to help intervene to see if your child is receptive to educational and counseling services.
As pediatric dentists, we also oppose oral piercings of the tongue, lips, cheeks, and uvula. They are associated with infection, scar formation, tooth fractures, metal hypersensitivity reactions, localized periodontal disease, speech impediment, and nerve damage. They can also result in life-threatening infections, which can lead to airway obstruction. Our pediatric dentists are also comfortable discussing the potential for pathologic complications with your teenager.