Before you agree to an oral piercing, experts say you should consider some of the possible health risks.

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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.

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