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You decide. Oral piercing is a popular trend, but this fashion statement comes with some serious health risks. Get the facts before you decide if piercing.

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Presentation on theme: "You decide. Oral piercing is a popular trend, but this fashion statement comes with some serious health risks. Get the facts before you decide if piercing."— Presentation transcript:

1 You decide

2 Oral piercing is a popular trend, but this fashion statement comes with some serious health risks. Get the facts before you decide if piercing is right for you. Hip Hip — but how healthy?

3 What are the risks?  Your mouth is teeming with bacteria.  The tongue’s blood vessels are ideal for spreading infection to the brain and other parts of your body.  Food can accumulate around jewelry leading to a greater risk of infection. INFECTION

4 Additional risks…  Puts you at risk for serious blood borne diseases such as HIV or Hepatitis  Possible nerve damage  Serious blood loss can result from damage to blood vessels  Tongue can become so swollen it blocks the airway Can cause painful, serious swelling

5 Damage to teeth— jewelry can chip or crack teeth Injury to gums— by rubbing against gums, the metal can cause soft tissue to recede. This results in loose teeth or receding gums which cause tooth loss. Choking hazard— stud can loosen Impairs speech— affects word pronunciation Drooling —Would this bother you? What about the Jewelry?

6  Allergic reactions to metal  Interferes with routine dental exams and X-rays  Interferes with chewing and swallowing  Impacts normal saliva production  Increases athletes risk of injury Barbells and rings in the mouth

7 Infections in the mouth affect the the health of your entire body. Your health is important Speak with your dentist and other health professionals. Make informed decisions about your health and your life.

8 SOURCES American Dental Association Academy of General Dentistry American Academy of Periodontology A message from the New York State Dental Association © 2004


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