Mouth Piercings

PiercingsMouth piercings include piercings of the:

  • Tongue
  • Lips
  • Cheeks
  • Other areas inside the mouth, like the uvula

Did you know? Mouth piercings can cause:

  • Infections
  • Cracked teeth
  • Damaged gums
  • Difficulties with keeping your mouth clean

I’d like to get a mouth piercing. How can I keep my mouth healthy?

  • Take care of your mouth. Brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and rinse your mouth after eating. Learn more: Your Mouth Matters.
  • Choose a piercer that's inspected by the Health Unit. Ask the piercer for a copy of the inspection report or call the Environmental Health Program at 625-5930.
  • Choose piercings that are made of high-quality plastic or metals.
  • Change your toothbrush after a new piercing.
  • Follow the after-care instructions provided by the piercer to protect yourself from infection.
  • Contact your health care or dental care provider if the area around the piercing is swollen, painful, or if you see any yellow or green discharge (pus).

 

 

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For Further Information

Contact the Oral Health Program at (807) 625-5900 (Thunder Bay) or toll-free 1-888-294-6630 (District).

Last Updated: 27/12/2019