Oral Piercing

If you want to change-up your style or express yourself in a new way, you may consider an oral piercing. However, there could be a few oral health, and overall health, side effect after receiving an oral piercing. Here important points to review before making a decision:


With any type of body modulation, from earrings to tattoos, it is important to care for the area after the procedure. Naturally, the mouth collects and produces numerous types of good and bad bacteria. Even with proper care, an oral infection can occur. This may swell the affected area such as your tongue, lip, uvula, or cheek. Additionally, the metal could cause excessive bleeding from blood vessels, chipped pieces could choke you, or you may chip a tooth.

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Risk Factors

Conditions such as heart disease can put you at a higher risk of damaging your heart valves. Others that have an increased risk factor for complications are those with diabetes or autoimmune diseases.


Before you receive an oral piercing, ensure you have vaccines for tetanus and hepatitis B. After the oral piercing, rinse the affected area with alcohol-free or antibacterial mouthwash after eating. Avoid contact with others saliva by not kissing others and not sharing utensils. Avoid warm, spicy, or acidic food and drinks. Lastly, remember to carefully eat small bites of food with an oral piercing. When the area has healed, remove the jewelry every night and brush your teeth along with the area.

Warning Signs To Watch-Out For

Some symptoms such as pain, additional saliva, and swelling are normal after an oral piercing. However, if you experience a fever, rash, discharge, excessive bleeding, extended swelling, redness, or a bad smell call Dr. Reddy right away. This may be a sign of an oral infection.

Oral piercings are not recommended by the American Dental Association; however, if you decide to get one, contact Dr. Reddy at SmileUP Dentistry to find out more information about the side effects and preventive measures. For more information, call (940)-218-9110 to schedule an appointment.