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How can I make sure that I get a safe oral (mouth) piecing?

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If you've decided to get an oral piercing, to be safe, get up to date on vaccines for hepatitis B and tetanus.

You'll want to make sure that:

  • The piercer is happy to answer your questions.
  • The people who work in the shop have been vaccinated against Hepatitis B. (It's fine to ask.)
  • The shop doesn't use a piercing gun.
  • The needle is new and has never been used.
  • The needle is placed in a sealed container after it's used.
  • Jewelry is made of surgical steel, solid gold, or platinum.

SOURCES:

American Academy of General Dentistry: "What Is an Oral Piercing?"

American Dental Association: "Oral Piercing."

Center for Young Women's Health (Boston Children's Hospital): "Body Piercing."

Cleveland Clinic: "Mouth Jewelry, Oral Piercings, and Your Health."

Mouth Healthy (American Dental Association): "Oral Piercings."

NHS Choices: "Body piercings -- Risks."

TeensHealth.org: "Body Piercing & What to Expect."

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on April 23, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of General Dentistry: "What Is an Oral Piercing?"

American Dental Association: "Oral Piercing."

Center for Young Women's Health (Boston Children's Hospital): "Body Piercing."

Cleveland Clinic: "Mouth Jewelry, Oral Piercings, and Your Health."

Mouth Healthy (American Dental Association): "Oral Piercings."

NHS Choices: "Body piercings -- Risks."

TeensHealth.org: "Body Piercing & What to Expect."

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on April 23, 2019

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