Risks associated with oral piercing:
- Chipped Teeth
- Cracked teeth that can not be fixed and need to be extracted
- Bad breath
- Altered speech ie. lisping
- Nerve damage
- Loss of taste
- Infection or the tissue around the piercing
- Swallowing or chocking of all or parts of the piercing
ODHA Dental Hygiene Facts:
Ludwig’s angina is a life-threatening acute bacterial infection of the floor of the mouth caused when bacteria enter the bloodstream through the open wound (piercing site). This is a serious condition as the swelling from inflammation can block the air passage and prevent saliva from being swallowed.
Body piercers are not members of the medical profession: They do not review health history, prescribe antibiotics or provide post-op care.
Contaminated piercing equipment can lead to other infections such as blood borne hepatitis (B, C, D and G) as well as HIV and AIDS.
For more information visit ODHA Oral Piercing Dental Hygiene Facts.