Dental Health Week 2013 | Lifestyle Risks | Tongue Piercings

Dental Health Week – Lifestyle Risks To Your Oral Health – Tongue and Lip Piercings

Many Australians now have tongue and lip piercings: however, there are risks associated with the procedure and in the long-term wearing of jewellery through these piercings. Possible side effects include excessive bleeding, swelling of the tongue (which may be great enough to close the airways), nerve damage, infection and chipped or cracked teeth.

As part of the Australian Dental Association’s Dental Health Week promotion this year, the ADA is hoping that Australians who choose to have their lips or tongues pierced do so understanding the risks and how to manage them.