I’m wondering if I can somehow bypass my pediatric dentist because my inner lip tattoo is infected and I need help. The problem is that I haven’t told my Dad about it. I’ve been rinsing my mouth with peroxide 3 times a day for the past 5 days or so. It has helped sooth it a bit, but the tattoo is still very itchy and it has fluid leaking out of it. I got the tattoo done in mid January. At first there were no problems, but it started bothering me earlier this month. I’m 16 years old and have a part-time job so that’s how I was able to afford the tattoo. If there is something I can buy on my own to get rid of the infection, I would like to do that. Otherwise I’m wondering if I can avoid my pediatric dentist and be seen by another dentist. Thanks. Dari
Dari – Keep in mind that since you are 16 years old, you are still a minor, so any medical or dental treatment you receive requires the consent of a parent or legal guardian. No reputable dentist will treat you without that consent.
Why You Need to See Your Pediatric Dentist
You need to see your pediatric dentist right away to examine your inner lip tattoo. If the infection is caught right away, it will be easier to treat. It will spread if you allow it to linger.
You should really consider this a dental emergency. If you are unable to see your usual pediatric dentist, make an appointment with another dentist you can see you right away.
Understand the Risks
To our readers: If you are considering receiving a tattoo of any sort, be certain to find a licensed tattoo artist. Follow the instructions closely on how to care for the tattoo. An inner lip tattoo requires rinsing your mouth with alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash several times a day.
It’s also important to understand the risks of an inner lip tattoo.
- Swelling – This occurs with a new tattoo, but should gradually go away.
- Infection – Our mouths naturally contain bacteria, so this increases the risk of infection. Also, improper healing can lead to irritation and infection.
- Gum recession – The tattoo ink can rub against your gums and cause irritation, gum disease, and gum recession.
Don’t ignore signs of irritation or infection. See your dentist right away.
This post is sponsored by Dr. Anthony LaVacca of award-winning Naperville Dental Specialists and the pediatric dentists at Innovative Pediatric Dentistry.