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Oral Piercings

  • Oral piercings can be dangerous to your teen’s health.

  • Piercings can interfere with speech, chewing or swallowing.

  • Oral piercings can cause swelling and infections.

  • It is possible for a piercing to cause your teen’s tongue to swell, potentially blocking their airway.

  • Oral piercings can lead to serious infections, like hepatitis or endocarditis.

  • It is possible to crack a tooth by biting down too hard on a piercing.

  • Repeatedly clicking oral jewelry against teeth can damage the teeth.

  • After a piercing, your teen may experience a numb tongue. This is caused by nerve damage that is usually temporary, but can sometimes be permanent.

  • An injured nerve may affect your child’s sense of taste, or how they move their mouth.

  • Piercings can cause damage blood vessels in the tongue, resulting in serious blood loss.

  • Oral jewelry can cause dental appointment difficulties. The jewelry can block the dentist’s ability to take X-rays of the mouth and teeth.

  • If you see any signs of infection in your child’s mouth, such as swelling, pain, fever, chills, shaking, or a red-streaked appearance around the site of the piercing, call your doctor.