It's not a
surprise these days to see some people sporting pierced
tongues, lips or cheeks. The surprise for some of these folks,
however, is that piercing can be dangerous.
the emergency room or doctor's office are not usually on the
minds of those who are electing to have piercing. There are
some things that should be considered, however. The human
mouth contains millions of bacteria, and infection is a common
complication of oral piercing. Other side effects include pain
popular piercing site, the tongue, could swell enough to close
off an airway. Regardless of how "experienced" the person
doing the piercing claims to be, piercing can cause
uncontrollable bleeding and nerve damage.
can be extremely painful and result in swelling and increased
saliva flow and even drooling. Healing may take six weeks or
longer, especially if there are complications.
the piercing injury doesn't cause any trouble, you should be
aware of the potential hazards that mouth jewelry presents:
easily choke on any studs, barbells or hoops that come loose
in your mouth.
jewelry can chip or crack your teeth.
worn in the mouth can hinder your ability to eat, not to
mention your speech. It's hard to be cool when you can't
pronounce your words or when pieces of your lunch are stuck
to that tiny barbell.
is a fashion statement that involves more than just deciding
what jewelry will be attached to the body and where. This
decision could have major consequences for your oral health,