In an age where self-expression is everything to one’s identity, body piercings have become a means to convey one’s individuality and to stand out. Although the most common site for piercings are traditionally the earlobes, nowadays, more and more unconventional piercing sites are becoming the norm.
One such unconventional area is the mouth. You may have noticed many individuals with lip or tongue mouth piercings, or even a slit tongue. While this is definitely a unique channel of self-expression, there are many factors that should be taken into consideration before piercing or traumatizing a sensitive area such as the oral cavity. For one, keep in mind that the mouth is a moist environment teaming with bacteria. Such an environment is always ideal to encourage the onset of infection. Furthermore, a tongue piercing can swell after infection and block your airway.
Another complication that can be expected after mouth piercings is temporary or even permanent nerve damage. A damaged nerve can affect the way your tongue moves or even your taste sensations. You may even experience burning or tingling sensations in your mouth.Other complications may include allergic reactions to the metal placed in your mouth, as well as mutilation to the adjacent teeth and gums along with excessive drooling.
If however, you already have a piercing, make sure and keep the area clean and rinse with warm salt water. Also, avoid smoking, alcohol and spicy foods as these can aggravate the newly pierced area and result in infection, and finally, avoid playing with the jewelry, as this may result in it becoming loose and accidental aspiration as well as damaging the surrounding teeth and gums. If despite meticulous care, any problems arise concerning the area of your piercing, visit your dentist immediately to avoid any further complications!