Hazard of Oral Piercing

Hazard of Oral Piercing

In simple terms, piercing the tongue, lips, or cheeks is called oral piercing. Oral cavity cosmetic piercing is done to insert objects such as rings, studs, or pins with both ends within the oral cavity. But even though it is not a complex procedure, there are certain risks associated with it if not done in the right way.

Adverse Effects Of An Oral Piercing

Chipped or Cracked Teeth

Another possible adverse effect of oral piercings on dental health is that the jewelry in your mouth might damage or fracture your teeth. Crowns and caps may be especially sensitive to injury if you have them.

Gum Injuries

Jewelry may also cause damage to your fragile gum tissue, causing your gums to recede. Recessed gums expose the tooth roots to decay and periodontal disease.

Prolonged Bleeding

If a blood artery ruptures during your piercing, you may have difficult-to-control bleeding and significant blood loss.

Pain and Edema

Oral piercings are often associated with pain and swelling. In difficult situations, swelling may completely block your airway, making breathing difficult.

In addition to making it more difficult to speak and pronounce words properly, jewelry in the mouth may increase saliva flow and difficulty eating and swallowing. Piercings using dirty needles may raise the chance of developing Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or HIV. 

How to Reduce Oral Piercing Hazards?

Here are a few ways to reduce the risk of oral piercing hazards:

Go for a Certified or Professional Piercer

Choose a skilled, trustworthy piercer to pierce your tongue or lip. Make sure that the clinic you choose has a good reputation and adheres to sanitization norms.

Take Appropriate Care

Taking care of your oral piercing may significantly reduce the probability of complications. To minimize the risk of infection, properly clean the region and rinse your mouth after eating.

Maintain Proper Oral Hygiene

Everyone should brush twice daily, floss daily, and see their dentist twice a year. But, oral piercing wearers may need to be extra careful.

Recognize the Symptoms of Infection. Seek medical treatment immediately if you see any redness, fever, discomfort, or swelling.

While oral piercings can raise your risk of infection and other dental problems, you may minimize them with adequate knowledge and care from a dental expert. We assure you that all piercings at our clinic are performed using sterile, single-use needles that are discarded promptly. 

Book your consultation with Dr. Roshan Emam D.D.S. for oral piercing. For more information call us at (650) 321-0340 or check out our website. You can also visit us at 850 Middlefield Rd. Suite 8, Palo Alto, CA 94301.


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