Did you know oral piercings have become the new trend for quite sometime now!

Oral piercing involving the tonge, lips or cheeks. Can have many side effects, ranging from discomfort to serious health hazards, can result fom these procedures. anyone thinking about oral piercing should consider whether the benefits outweigh the risks.

Oral piercing is usally done without anesthetic. In tongue piercing, a needle is used to insert a barbell-shaped piece of jewelry through the middle of the tongue. At first a temporary, oversized piece of jewelry is used to accomodate swelling. After several weeks, a barbell is inserted into th hole and a ball is screwed onto the stem. If no complications develop, healing takes four to six weeks.

In lip or cheek piercing, a cork is held inside the mouth to support the tissue as it’s pierced with a needle. The needle is then replaced with a stud or hoop. Healing time ranges from weeks to months.

Risks of Oral piercing:

Serious infections, such as hepatitis B and HIV, can be transmitted during oral piercings if the instruments have not been properly sterilized.

Other risks include:

Pain and bleeding:

Because there are major blood vessels inside your tongue, piercing can cause prolonged bleeding. The many nerve endings in your tongue and lips can cause severe pain in the pierced area.


Infections are common in oral piercing because the mouth is full of bacteria and is difficult to sterilize. If your tongue swells as a result of piercing or because of an infection, it may become difficult to swallow or even breathe.

Dental Problems:

Jewelry in your mouth can chip or break your teeth and fillings and erode your gums. The chronic trauma to your teeth can damage the inner pulp, resulting in the need for root canals and crowns. Jewelry can also interfere with the x-rays, making diagnosis of dental conditions difficult.

Heart Problems: According to a study of 445 Mayo Clinic patients with congenitial heat disease nearly 1of 4 develop an infection of the heart after body piercing had been done.


If  jewelry becomes loose, it can be swallowed or inhaled into one of your lung, possibly requiring surgery.

The American Heart Association opposes the practice of oral piercing and considers it a health hazard. If you so choose to get a piercing you have significant hygiene and lifestyle changes to avoid infection and other complications.

After reading this, I believe dental cleannings and check ups are easier than going thru a piercing, so maintaning a healthy smile is worth comming to the dentist twice a year.



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