Piercing warning for dental patients

woman covering her mouth so she doesn't show her teeth

Dental diseases, tooth damage and gum problems are among several dangers related to oral piercing, a new report warns.

Oral piercings continue to grow in popularity, but many people are unaware of the many dangers of the fashion accessory, according to the Oral Health Foundation (OHF).

A survey by the charity found that tongue piercings are the most popular type of oral piercing, followed by lip, gum and cheek piercings.

Close to half (43%) of those questioned had a tongue piercing, compared to lip piercing (33%), gum (7%) and cheek (3%).

The study also found that more than one in ten (13%) of people with oral piercings have them in more than one place.

The research suggests demand for oral piercings generally is rising, prompting the OHF to issue a warning to the public about the risks people take by undergoing the procedure.

The dangers of oral piercing include:

  • The immediate threat of infection when the piercing is carried out. The open wound creates an ideal place for bacteria to grow
  • Increased risk of dental problems related to food and bacteria being trapped and studs and rings making teeth brushing harder
  • Chips to teeth and damage to soft tissue caused by studs
  • In severe cases, if the process is carried out incorrectly, there is a risk of  hepatitis b

The OHF has urged people to consider these risks carefully before choosing to have an oral piercing. It also suggests that people with oral piercings should visit their dentist on a regular basis – as indeed should everyone.

If you have an oral piercing,  and are concerned about your dental health, contact us on 0151 329 2888 to book an appointment with one of our dentists.

Dental diseases, tooth damage and gum problems are among several dangers related to oral piercing, a new report warns.

Oral piercings continue to grow in popularity, but many people are unaware of the many dangers of the fashion accessory, according to the Oral Health Foundation (OHF).

A survey by the charity found that tongue piercings are the most popular type of oral piercing, followed by lip, gum and cheek piercings.

Close to half (43%) of those questioned had a tongue piercing, compared to lip piercing (33%), gum (7%) and cheek (3%).

The study also found that more than one in ten (13%) of people with oral piercings have them in more than one place.

The research suggests demand for oral piercings generally is rising, prompting the OHF to issue a warning to the public about the risks people take by undergoing the procedure.

The dangers of oral piercing include:

  • The immediate threat of infection when the piercing is carried out. The open wound creates an ideal place for bacteria to grow
  • Increased risk of dental problems related to food and bacteria being trapped and studs and rings making teeth brushing harder
  • Chips to teeth and damage to soft tissue caused by studs
  • In severe cases, if the process is carried out incorrectly, there is a risk of  hepatitis b

The OHF has urged people to consider these risks carefully before choosing to have an oral piercing. It also suggests that people with oral piercings should visit their dentist on a regular basis – as indeed should everyone.

If you have an oral piercing,  and are concerned about your dental health, contact us on 0151 329 2888 to book an appointment with one of our dentists.

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