The American Dental Association's Mouthhealthy.org website warns against these potential risks of an oral piercing:
- Swelling, pain and infection.
- Cracked or scratched teeth, injury to the gums or damaged fillings.
- Sensitivity to the metals used in piercings.
- Damage to nearby nerves.
- An increase in saliva production, which can lead to drooling.
- Difficulty getting dental X-rays.