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Body piercings have long been used among different ethnic groups as a means of identification, for beauty, or to express one’s status. Nowadays, piercings are commonplace amongst people of all ages, genders, and cultures. Youth culture and alternative groups in particular have broadened the concept of piercing for beautification and being unique; we now see people piercing nearly all areas of their bodies.


As a result, dentists see many patients with studs or rings through their tongues and lips, piercings in the cheek, or tongues that have been split into two. As these piercings or techniques are becoming more accepted, it’s that much more important for those who are considering getting pierced to take extra care before and after getting the new jewelry to avoid any complications.


Prior to getting the piercing, make sure you’re not allergic to any metals, which could cause a rash or another local or even systemic reaction. After getting the piercing, since the mouth is rife with infection-causing bacteria, it’s essential to tend to the wound often and keep the site clean. And because a piece of metal so close to the teeth could cause chipping, or the jewelry were to come loose, could damage the lips, tongue, mouth tissue, or even be a choking hazard, it’s important to make sure the piercing is secure and check it often.


Piercing is a personal choice. It’s important to do it responsibly so it enhances your appearance rather than detracts from it.