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Charity warns of oral health risks of piercings

12th July 2016

The Oral Health Foundation has responded to the growing popularity of oral piercings by reminding people of the potential health risks they can pose.

Research from the charity noted that tongue piercings are particularly popular, with 43 percent of those with oral piercings choosing them, while 33 percent of people have a lip piercing, seven percent have gum piercings and three percent have cheek piercings.

However, the report also noted that such piercings can be a major cause of chipped or cracked teeth due to trauma when they come into contact with the teeth, while the huge amount of bacteria in the mouth can cause new piercings to become infected.

Additionally, the act of getting a piercing can be dangerous if done incorrectly, as it can cause issues such as permanent numbness of the tongue, blood loss, excessive swelling and an increased risk of HIV and hepatitis B.

As such, the charity emphasised how important it is to ensure any such piercings are carried out safely and maintained properly.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive officer at the Oral Health Foundation, said oral piercings "have become a very fashionable form of self-expression but not everybody realises the potential long and short-term damages that they can have on our mouths".ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801821654-ADNFCR

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