Mouth Piercing Problems

Topic Overview

Problems that can develop when you have your tongue, inner cheek, uvula, or lip pierced include:

  • Pain.
  • Bleeding.
  • Infection at the site of the piercing.
  • Infections, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.
  • Speech problems.
  • Chewing and swallowing problems.
  • Tooth damage, including chipped, cracked, or broken teeth.
  • Scar tissue.
  • Swelling that may block your throat.

If you have your mouth pierced and use oral jewellery, make sure you can remove it. The ball on one end of a barbell-shaped device must be able to be screwed off and on to make the jewellery easy to insert and remove. Mouth jewellery that dislodges can be accidentally swallowed or inhaled, causing injury or requiring surgical removal.

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Credits

Current as of: February 26, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
David Messenger MD

Is it an emergency?

If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control now at 1-800-567-8911.

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