Oral piercing and its repercussions on oral health

It has become very common to see people using oral piercing. On the tongue, on the cheeks, on the lips, etc. Oral piercings to the consumer’s liking, which cause alarming oral injuries. And although said piercing is considered a modern adornment, its use dates back to ancient civilizations. It is a custom rescued by the punk movement in the late 70’s of the last century.

Your biggest users or fan is the youngest people. Oral piercing are applied for different purposes. Rebellion, religion, belonging to groups or urban tribes, for copying an idol of the song or fashion actor, for being accepted among his friends, for sexual pleasure, etc.

Young people who seem owners of the habit of piercing. But oral piercing is not only carried by young people. It is a fashion that people of all kinds are using. According to the statistics, today approximately 8% of the population over 14 years old, carry them of some kind. Although oral piercings are the most common.

The fashion of oral piercing has brought with it a series of health complications. Especially for oral health because the mouth is one of the places in the body where more bacteria and pathogens pass. It is where it is easier to contract and spread diseases. For this reason, the problems of infections, broken teeth have increased. In addition, there are the oral piercings of the tongue, which cannot be opened, it has had to proceed to cut them to be able to remove them and make the necessary cures.

Study results of the use of piercings

After so many consultations on problems contracted after the use of oral piercings, studies have begun to be carried out in this regard. In one of the investigations carried out by the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, it can be seen that 72% of those who wear oral piercing suffer from a problem caused by the use of the ornament and the complications that most frequently occur are:

  • Inflammation (35%)
  • Pain (18%)
  • Difficulty speaking and chewing food (15%)
  • Alteration of the sense of taste (5%)
  • Bleeding (4%)
  • Increased salivation, tingling and infections (2%)
  • Allergies (1%)
  • Although in reality the injury that most worries dentists and doctors are the periodontal injuries that end up suffering almost half of the users of oral piercing (48.1%), especially metal.