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When should I get help for my oral (mouth) piercing?

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After an oral mouth piercing, expect short-term symptoms like pain, swelling, and extra saliva. Watch out for signs of infection such as:

If you have any of these, see a health care provider. Also, get help if you just feel that something isn't right.

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Lots of bleeding
  • Discharge
  • A bad smell
  • Rash
  • Fever

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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