Hazards of Oral Piercing

Hazards of Oral Piercing

Posted by ANTHONY CORBO DDS on Jan 21 2022, 11:09 AM

Oral piercings are surprisingly popular among youngsters. However, regardless of the popularity of body art, oral piercings may result in a range of dangerous complications that teens and parents should be aware of.

Oral Piercings Might Result in Infection

Oral piercings increase the risk of infection. Many studies have linked oral piercings to gum inflammation or gingivitis, increased plaque accumulation, gum recession, cavities, and metal allergies. According to one study, lip and tongue piercings were particularly linked to gingival recession.

The location of the piercing also has a significant role in the risk of contracting oral illnesses. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the risk of developing an oral illness and transferring illnesses including TB, hepatitis, and tetanus is greatly increased in unregulated piercing parlors and practices.

Oral Piercings Increase Injury Risk

Oral piercings, especially lip, tongue, and cheek piercings, significantly increase the risk of tooth and oral injuries. According to research, 25% of teenagers who wore lip rings and almost 50% of youths who had tongue piercings had irreversible teeth damage. In addition, oral piercings increase the risk of nerve damage, oral infections, discomfort, and edema. 

Oral Piercings Can Make Eating Difficult

Chewing and swallowing may be made more difficult by oral piercings, which may interfere with regular mouth function. Depending on where the piercing is located, it may interfere with eating and cause injuries. Food can also get trapped in oral piercings, causing infections and other complications.

Additionally, persons who have oral piercings are more prone to excessive drooling than the general population.

Are Oral Piercings Worth The Risk?

The hazards linked to oral piercings outweigh the aesthetic benefits by a significant margin. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has taken a strong stand against oral piercings and other forms of body modification. Please talk to your children about the risks associated with oral piercings before allowing them to get one. 

If they do, it is important to keep your child's oral piercing clean and disinfected and to remove it before they engage in any contact sports or activities to avoid serious mouth injuries.

Anthony G. Corbo, DDS, is an expert in offering affordable dental services. For more details or to request an appointment, call us at (954) 434-2234 or visit our website. We are located at  13101 Old Sheridan St, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33330.

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