Oral piercings and a healthy mouth.

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Without proper care, complications can arise from oral piercings.

It’s hard to believe that certain things ever became popular.

Pet rocks, for example. Shag carpeting. Sticking a needle through your tongue.

Oral piercings are any piercings of the tongue, lips or cheek. In recent years, oral piercings have become a form of self-expression. As with peirced ears, the metal jewelry used in oral piercings comes in different styles, including studs, barbells, or rings. However, piercing your tongue, lips or cheek involve greater health risks than piercing your ears.

The most common complications from oral piercing include excessive bleeding, infection, and injuries to the mouth and teeth. Others include swelling, scar formation, nerve damage, and periodontal disease. The more serious are interference with normal oral functions such as talking , chewing ,swallowing, or transmitting hepatitis B,C,D, or G.

There have been several cases of people cracking or chipping teeth with their piercings. Some dentists report that the gums inside the front of the mouth are more likely to recede, which is caused by repeatedly pushing the piercing against those teeth. Most dentists recommend acrylic balls or barbells rather than metal ones.

As long as your mouth stays free of infection and your oral piercings do not interfere with normal function, they can stay in your mouth. Just be sure to see your dentist at the first sign of pain or problems, in addition to your regular checkups.