What Are Oral Piercings?
Types of Oral Piercings
You can get a piercing on the inside of your mouth (intraoral) or the type that you can see outside of your mouth (perioral). Some common places include your:
- Frenum (tissue that connects your lips or tongue to your gums or floor of your mouth)
- Uvula (tissue that hangs at the back of your throat)
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Oral Piercing Risks and Complications
It’s a way to express your style, but it can be dangerous. Your mouth is filled with bacteria that can lead to infection and swelling. A swollen tongue can make it hard for you to breathe. In some people with heart disease, bacteria can lead to a condition that can damage your heart valves.
Tongue piercings also can put you at risk for bleeding. You have a lot of blood vessels in the area.