Should You Let Your Teen Get An Oral Piercing?

dangers of oral piercings Burlington

An increasing number of Burlington teens are sporting tongue, cheek, and lip piercings. The team at Pediatric Dental Center in Burlington, Cold Spring, or Crestview Hills KY is a leading pediatric practice serving Northern Kentucky and knows the dental health dangers your teen will face.

What if your teen asked you for permission to get an oral piercing?

The team at Pediatric Dental Center advises moms and dads to give a firm ‘No.’

Here’s five reasons why teens should avoid oral piercings:

  1. Excessive drooling
  2. Chipped teeth
  3. Infection
  4. Hypersensitivity to metal
  5. Nerve damage

Let’s discuss these dangers in more detail.


Lip and tongue piercings let teenagers express their personality and creativity. But they can cause excessive drooling.

Broken Teeth

Another  reason to keep piercings away from your mouth, lips, and tongue, is because having any metal in your mouth can chip your teeth. This can happen while eating, drinking, or sleeping.

Does your teen already have a tooth that’s damaged? Take care of these cracks before the whole tooth is in danger.

Small chips in a teeth can be filled, or crowned. But often teenagers with piercings come in with more serious problems. These may mean a root canal or tooth extraction.


The mouth is a haven for bacteria. When tissue is pierced, bacteria can enter the bloodstream. Neglecting proper brushing habits can increase the risk. Touching the piercing with dirty hands can also introduce bacteria.

Hypersensitivity to Metal

Metal piercings can result in a hypersensitivity to any metal in your mouth, such as silverware. Additionally, there is a risk of an allergic reaction at the piercing site.

Nerve Damage

This is the scariest. Piercings put your child at risk of irreversible nerve damage. If the previous dangers don’t discourage your teen, this one should. Experiencing a numb tongue is usually temporary. But for some adolescents, it has become permanent.

At Pediatric Dental Center our passion is helping each patient achieve and maintain a healthy, attractive smile. We offer the following services:

Pediatric Dental Center has three offices – Burlington, Cold Spring or Crestview Hills KY. Call us today for an appointment.

Contact Pediatric Dental Center:


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5495 N Bend Rd Ste 102
Burlington, Kentucky