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Tongue Piercing – Is it Really Cool?

Nowadays, piercings go way beyond the earlobe. So, a tongue, lip, or cheek piercing may be a topic of discussion at your dinner table. However, it’s important to know about the potential health risks oral piercings come with. Cracked teeth, infections, nerve disorders, receding gums, and scar tissues are just a handful.

Your mouth is a host to millions of bacteria which doesn’t make it a great environment for an open wound. You may notice pain, swelling, uncontrollable bleeding, and more symptoms, if an issue does occur. So, are oral piercings really cool? While you may like the look for a while, the long-term health risks simply are not worth it!

Tobacco – Bad News In Any Form

In this day in age, we know the health risks that tobacco poses. That doesn’t mean your child won’t be curious about it. That’s why it’s essential to iterate the significant damage that tobacco can cause just for oral health.

Smokeless tobacco, also known as spit, chew, or snuff, has to found to possibly be more addictive than cigarettes. This is because one use contains as much nicotine as 60 cigarettes. Within four months, you can see periodontal disease and pre-cancerous lesions, known as leukoplakia, develop.

However, if your child does try tobacco or is a tobacco user, keep an eye out for the early signs of oral cancer. This includes a chronic sore, white or red patches on the lips or tongue, pain or tenderness on the lips and mouth, and difficulty chewing, swallowing, or speaking.