Piercings: A Dangerous Fad for Your Teeth

Written by: Dr.Prof. Juan José Alió Sanz
Edited by: Anna Raventós Rodríguez

Although it seems that the fever of the piercings has been losing bellows, it is difficult to find young people who have not had or are thinking about drilling an area. There is practically none that escape the earrings, not even the mouth, where both the tongue and lips and cheeks wear rings and all kinds of jewelry. We talk about ornaments that can cause many problems to oral health if you do not look for a suitable place to do them and take the necessary precautions.


The most common oral problems caused by piercings

  • Infections; are the most common complication. The mouth houses a myriad of bacteria, the drilling makes many more and the daily manipulation that we have to do rotating it to heal, even more. They can be avoided by washing the hands well and extreme oral hygiene.
Piercings are a dangerous fashion for teeth


Before putting on a piercing, it is advisable to discuss it with the dentist in case you want to make any further recommendations. In addition, the doctor should be referred to the least symptoms of infection (redness of the area, pain, fever and suppuration) and keep in mind that if you allow time to wait for cicatrice alone the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause endocarditis, an inflammation of the heart and its valves, more complicated to treat.

  • Oral herpes.
  • Loss of sensitivity. It occurs when the perforation damages some nerve.
  • Periodontal diseases. The slope can damage the gums causing wounds and their recession, which would put at risk the stability of the piece and makes more frequent the cases of gingivitis and periodontitis.
  • Fractures in the pieces. Almost half of the people who use piercings in the tongue suffer the total or partial breakage of some of their pieces.


How to avoid oral problems with piercings

If in spite of all these problems it is decided to perforate the tongue, cheeks or lips, it is advisable that before going to a consultation with the dentist to check the condition of the pieces and comment what care should be taken to avoid problems.


In Clasor's blog we give some more tips to take care of the mouth while wearing piercings.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr.Prof. Juan José Alió Sanz

Dr. Alió Sanz is one of the leaders in orthodontics worldwide.


Doctor of Medicine and Surgery and a specialist in Orthodontics. It has a large number of international publications and is the author of two reference books among orthodontists.


He combines his professional work with teaching, being Professor of Orthodontics at the Dental School of the UCM and co - director of the master of orthodontics at the Complutense University of Madrid. He is the creator of the patented product ORTHOSPEED to reduce the duration of orthodontic treatment.


With over 30 years experience Prof. Dr. Juan J. Alió has the most modern facilities in Madrid orthodontic treatments offer the latest technology, applying the latest scientific and technological advances in orthodontic treatment in all therapeutic possibilities .


Account with a multidisciplinary team to perform orthodontic treatments and orthognathic surgery, orthodontics and periodontics and implantology. If you are looking for orthodontic treatment with braces, this is your specialist.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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