Tongues, Lips and Cheeks, Oh My!

 

 

Now a days, the more piercings, the better! Recent trends among teens and young adults has brought several visits to the local tattoo parlour for some oral bling. The ‘cool’ factor of teasing us with a glimpse of a tongue piercing, lip or cheek jewelry may seem like a great idea, however, sporting inner piercings has risks that continue to be spoken. Dental Associations across North America are warning; before you choose oral piercings to consider the risks involved. Risks that can be long term, dangerous or even deadly.

Check out this list before you decide to flaunt some oral bling.

  • Blood clots

  • Blood poisoning

  • Brain abscess

  • Tuberculosis

  • Tetanus

  • Hepatitis

  • Chronic pain

  • Damaged nerves

  • Fractured/cracked teeth

  • Heart infections

  • Hypersensitivity reactions (to the metal bar)

  • Speech Problems

  • Periodontal disease/gum recession

A ripped tongue isn’t an appealing consequence either, nor is tooth decay caused from metal sanding away at your enamel. Who knew fashionable oral bling could cause such unnecessary pain, swelling, deadly disease and damage your nerves? If you do decide on having an oral piercing, consider the risks carefully, clean it regularly and wear it with caution.