As times changed and began to be more open to self-expression, different forms of body arts came about. One of these is the oral piercing that is very popular among younger generation. Areas where oral piercing can be found are generally in the lip or tongue. This is seen as safe because many expressionists have them. Unfortunately, this form of art often becomes the focal point of bacteria breeding in the mouth. This is very vulnerable to infection and in some cases even more severe risks. It is not unlikely that an oral pierce can crack the teeth or chip it. There is also a possibility of some allergic reaction or that it can cause nerve damage. The most common and direct effect is difficulty in speaking, swallowing or chewing.
If your teenager is adamant about getting an oral piercing, do the smart thing and have them see a dentist before piercing. Learning about the potential risks will help your teenager make an informed choice.
To avoid such complications, it is recommended to see the dentist before going through the piercing procedure. Knowing the risks that come with the piercing will help identify the following symptoms: numbness, soreness, pain and swelling, sensitivity especially to metals, cracked teeth and filling damage. If all fails and your teenager decides to get the oral piercing and you are ok with it as well, then it is imperative to keep the pierced areas clean all the time to prevent infection. Any occurrence of symptoms mentioned above must be consulted by the dentist right away.
By Ladan Zinati