Piercings and the Oral Cavity

The oral cavity is composed of many different types of tissue. The teeth are the most inorganic material of our body. The a mucous membrane and gums, which cover the jaw bones, inner cheeks and lips, palate and the floor of the mouth as well as the tongue muscle, are all delicate tissues that need protection.   

 With piercings, hard objects of many shapes and sizes are introduced into the mouth and are usually attached to the tongue and lip. These objects are constantly in contact with and attacking the teeth and the surrounding soft tissue.

The results are predictable: the four front teeth on the pierced side become bare because the gums recede under the impact of the rubbing. The recession becomes irreversible. The teeth become worn away, and the hard part of the tooth becomes exposed, resulting in the tooth becoming susceptible to bacteria and decay leading to cavity formation.

Reviewed by Trauma specialists at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
Last updated: July 2013, January 2016


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