If you are thinking about getting an oral piercing, always consider the effect it can have on your mouth.
Possible risks of oral piercings may include:
✅increased risk of chipped or cracked teeth
✅gum damage such as gum recession exposing roots
✅nerve damage (resulting in loss of sensation in the tongue)
✅interference with speaking and swallowing
✅excessive swelling caused by potential blockage
✅excessive bleeding from the accidental piercing of a blood vessel or artery
✅ongoing pain (neuralgia)
✅HIV or hepatitis from the use of non-sterile equipment
Before you get your mouth pierced, discuss it with your doctor and dentist to get more information. If you have piercings now and notice any damage to your gums or teeth or experience any pain, visit your dental professional for an assessment.