Oral piercing can cause pain, swelling, infection, drooling, taste loss, scarring, chipped teeth, and tooth loss, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Most dentists discourage oral piercing because of these risks. Regulations vary in each state, so use caution when deciding whether you want any kind of piercing.
To avoid serious infections such as HIV or Hepatitis, make sure that you ask the person performing the piercing about care after the piercing, possible side effects, cleanliness, and other concerns you may have.
How can oral piercing be bad for your health? Because your mouth contains millions of bacteria, infection is a common complication of oral piercing, according to the American Dental Association. Pain and swelling are other side effects of piercing. Your tongue – a popular piercing site in the mouth – could swell large enough to close off your airway.
Piercing also can cause uncontrollable bleeding or nerve damage. The jewelry itself also presents some hazards. You can choke on any studs, barbells, or hoops that come loose in your mouth, and contact with the jewelry can chip or crack your teeth.
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