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Are oral piercings safe?

Posted on 12/15/2023 by Weo Admin
A Close up of woman smilingAn oral piercing is any piercing that is attached to or in the mouth. This includes the tongue, cheeks, and the lips. Therefore, if you are wondering about having piercings, you should check out the relationship between oral piercings and your oral health. Here is a glimpse of what you might be dealing with if you decide or already have an oral piercing.

What are oral piercings?

They are holes that are poked anywhere in the tongue, lips, or cheeks to hold jewelry. Just as in the ears, the oral piercings come in various styles and designs. There are rings, barbells, and studs. It takes an adventurous body modifier to pierce the back of their throats, note that there are such people! It might sound a bit risky since it is. However, if you are considering having a piercing on the lip, cheeks, or tongue, consult with a dental professional before the procedure.

Risks involved with oral piercings

You must be aware of the risks that are associated with oral piercings before you go on. This is to ease the pressure of having one, since if you are aware of the dangers that are associated with it, you will not feel at much risk.

One of the risks is infections. Piercing the soft tissue is risky, this is because it takes time to heal and the mouth is full of bacteria. When the bacteria get into the piercing, it can lead to an infection that might take time to heal. You are at a higher risk of getting an infection when the piercing wound is still fresh. Moreover, the jewelry used also poses a potential risk for an infection. This is because different bodies react differently with certain substances that are used in making the jewelry.

Other issues that are associated with oral piercings include prolonged bleeding, pain, and swelling, chipped teeth when you accidentally bite on the newly placed piercings, and injury to the gums. Therefore, if you are concerned about the safety of oral piercings, you can judge from the mentioned potential risks and the ones explained to you by the dental professional at the hospital. Book an appointment with us today.


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