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What Are the Risks of Treating Patients with Intraoral/Perioral Piercing and Oral Jewelry/Accessories?


It was a great pleasure to host Dr. Raymond Lee on CDA Oasis. Dr. Lee spoke about the dangers and risks of wearing intraoral/perioral piercing and oral jewelry/accessories and how dentists should deal and communicate with patients who wear these accessories. 

Dr. Lee is Staff Pediatric Dentist and Co-Site Chief in Pediatric Dentistry at Victoria Hospital.

I hope you find the conversation valuable. Please remember to share your thoughts, questions and suggestions at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca

Until next time!

Chiraz Guessaier
CDA Oasis Manager


  • The use of intraoral jewelry and piercings of oral and perioral tissues have been gaining popularity among adolescents and young adults.
  • Intraoral jewelry or other oral accessories may lead to increased plaque levels, gingival inflammation and/or recession, caries, diminished articulation, and metal allergy.
  • Oral piercings involving the tongue, lips, cheeks, and uvula have been associated with pathological conditions including pain, infection, scar formation, tooth fractures, metal hyper- sensitivity reactions, localized periodontal disease, speech impediment, Ludwig’s angina, hepatitis, and nerve damage.
  • Life-threatening complications associated with oral piercings have been reported, including bleeding, edema, endocarditis, and airway obstruction.
  • Additionally, the use of dental jewelry (e.g., grills) has been documented to cause dental caries and periodontal problems.


Full Interview (11.23″)


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