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Dangers of Oral Piercings

Does Your Child Want to Get Their Tongue Pierced?

Piercings are becoming more common today, especially amongst teenagers and young adults. While all piercings, regardless of placement, can pose certain unease, oral piercings in particular raise a substantial concern among dental professionals. Piercings include tongues, lips, and cheeks.

While these piercings may seem “trendy” or “hip,” they come with many risks.

Immediately after someone gets an oral piercing, he or she may first need to adjust to a new and more difficult way of talking, chewing, and swallowing. They may also experience increased saliva, pain, and swelling.

While these symptoms are bothersome, they are only scratching the surface. Additional health and dental risks involved with oral piercings are as follows:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Receding or injured gums
  • Scar tissue
  • Blood clots or blood poisoning
  • Heart infections
  • Brain abscess
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Nerve damage and disorders
  • Infection

Any of these harmful effects can come about during the piercing, shortly after it, or even long after the procedure. Some of the less severe risks can quickly turn into something far more dangerous. For instance, if a nerve cluster is injured during the piercing process, a “numb tongue” could be the result. This could only be temporary or permanent. The ability to taste food, move your mouth, and possibly even swallow and breathe could be greatly affected.

Infection is also a typical result of oral piercing.

With the great deal of bacteria that your mouth contains, a simple infection is likely to grow into something more. If an infection is ignored or not properly treated, it can become life threatening. Certain types of bacteria can travel to the heart and result in inflammation of heart valves and could possibly lead to death.

Piercings are not all they’re cracked up to be.

Is it really worth the risk?


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