Things to Think About Before Getting an Oral Piercing

Oral piercing can involve the lips or tongue. It is particularly important to research the pros and cons, especially when considering an oral piercing involving the tongue. Oral piercing has gained popularity among many people across the globe recently.   It is done for a myriad of reasons that could be anything from shock value, enhancement of pleasure, following a trend or change in appearance, just to mention a few. When considering an oral piercing, there are some important things to contemplate; otherwise you could end up with a nasty infection of the mouth, which could lead to other more serious dental problems. The first step when considering oral piercing is finding a reputable piercing studio- this studio should have the necessary certifications to avoid possible deformities or health complications from improper techniques.  All the needles to be involved in such an oral procedure should be properly sterilized before touch your mouth. While these piercers may provide you with information on how to care for your lip or tongue, you do not want to take chances with possible infections developing around your piercing. You can help prevent infection by properly washing the surrounding areas very well after meals and drinks. It is certain that after being pierced, your lip and/or tongue will swell.  In some cases, they will actually swell up to twice their normal size. This should not alarm you, as it is normal and will start fading away in three to five days, and should completely vanish after about a week. The tongue may take up to six weeks to heal, but the lip can take less than that, usually around four to five weeks. An individual is supposed to refrain from eating hard foods, and only rely on soups, and soft or mashed foods. This is especially recommended in the first few weeks.  Afterward, consumption of harder foods should not be problematic It is advisable to get into a habit of frequently rinsing the mouth with salty water, as this will help prevent infections. After the piercing, messing with the tongue or lips, even touching them is not recommended. If the pierced site happens to get touched accidentally when eating, one should always rinse the area thoroughly.  Other than eating, one should refrain from kissing, or any activities involving the lips or tongue, until the site is completely healed. Dr. Peter Hazim can professionally clean your teeth and recommend an effective oral treatment plan for you. Please call us at (972) 727-5599.  We are conveniently located at 105 N. Alma Drive, Suite 100 in Allen, Texas.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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