is oral piercing?
Oral piercing is the insertion of metal jewellery into the lips, cheek or tongue.
It has become increasingly popular in recent years.
are the possible side-effects?
There is an increased risk of infection within the mouth, so ensure your piercing
is done by a professional with excellent hygiene standards.
Oral piercing can also cause tooth trauma, hypersensitivity to metals and an
interference with speaking and chewing.
Breathing problems may arise if the jewellery is accidentally swallowed.
had my tongue pierced two days ago and it is still swollen. Should I be worried?
No. Swelling of the area is normal and can last three-to-five days. This swelling
can be reduced by sucking on clean ice.
The piercing may also bleed on and off for a few days, and the area can become
discoloured. This too is completely normal. However, if there is a lot of bleeding
or it is continuous, visit your doctor.
It is also not unusual to see a yellow secretion coming from the piercing.
This is not pus, however. It is blood plasma, lymph and dead cells, and it indicates
that the piercing is healing.
If any of these signs persist, seek medical advice.
about oral hygiene?
It is important to keep the inserted jewellery clean, as plaque can form on
it. Brush the jewellery with a firm toothbrush. Be careful during the healing
period however as the area will be quite sensitive.
Replace your toothbrush with a new one for the healing period. Ensure that
your hands are completely clean if you need to touch your mouth for any reason.
Do not use mouthwashes that contain alcohol during the healing period as they
will irritate the area.
- During the initial healing period, sleep with your head propped up on pillows.
By keeping your head above your heart, you will avoid some overnight swelling.
- Drink plenty of liquids. Cold drinks will help with any swelling. Eat slowly
and take small bites. Try to avoid caffeine, alcohol and aspirin for the first
few days, as these can all cause additional discomfort, such as bleeding.
- Have no oral sexual contact whatsoever during the healing period. (This
- Avoid playing with the jewellery during the healing period. Even after healing,
do not go overboard, as this can cause damage to teeth and gums.
took my piercing out for a few minutes and the hole started to close. Is this
Yes. The jewellery should be left in at all times. Even healed piercings which
you may have had for years can close after a few minutes if the jewellery is
If you want to take the jewellery out to wash it, immediately replace it with
a spare one so that the hole doesnt begin to close.
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