(usually on the tongue or around the lips) is one of the more
disturbing fashion trends in recent years. Many people fail to
realize that that even precautions taken during the installation
of a piece of piercing jewelry are not enough to stave off
harmful, long-term consequences such as cracked or chipped
teeth, swelling, problems with swallowing and taste, and ugly
scars. Add to this the possibility of choking on a piece of
dislodged jewelry and one has to ask if the risks are warranted.
But the most
serious long-term health problems from oral piercing come in the
form of damage to the soft tissues such as the cheeks, gums and
palate, as well as opportunistic infections. Any kind of body
piercing may also put you at risk of contracting deadly
infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis.
A common form of
body piercing involves the tongue. Tongue piercings have been
known to cause blocked airways (from a swollen tongue). In some
cases, a tongue piercing will cause uncontrolled bleeding.
Some states actually regulate
or ban oral piercing, so ensure that you are not breaking any