Health Tip: Mouth Piercings Can Be Dangerous

(HealthDay News) -- Before you adorn your tongue, lips or other parts of your mouth with jewelry, experts say you should consider the potential dangers.

The American Dental Association mentions says mouth jewelry can cause:

  • Dangerous infections due to the bacteria that's normally harbored in your mouth.

  • Significant swelling that could impede breathing.

  • Choking on a piece of jewelry if it breaks.

  • Breaking a tooth from biting down on jewelry.

Related Articles

Learn More About Sharp
Sharp HealthCare is San Diego's health care leader with seven hospitals, two medical groups and a health plan. Learn more about our San Diego hospitals, choose a Sharp-affiliated San Diego doctor or browse our comprehensive medical services.

Health News is provided as a service to Sharp Web site users by HealthDay. Sharp HealthCare nor its employees, agents, or contractors, review, control, or take responsibility for the content of these articles. Please read the Terms of Use for more information.