Piercings can cause dental complications

Hamburg (dpa) - Body piercings, especially to the lips and tongue, can
cause serious dental complications, according to research conducted by
the University of Tel Aviv.

In the study of 400 consecutive patients, who were aged 20 years on
average, every fourth person with a piercing in the tongue or lips
revealed symptoms such as gum bleeding.

Some 13.9 per cent had broken teeth or other dental complications, the study found.

Dental professionals were warned of the increasing number of
patients with oral piercings and to provide appropriate guidance to
patients regarding the health risks. (dpa)