Problems that can develop when you have your tongue, inner cheek,
uvula, or lip pierced include:
If you have your mouth pierced and use oral jewelry, make sure you
can remove it. The ball on one end of a barbell-shaped device must be able to
be screwed off and on to make the jewelry easy to insert and remove. Mouth
jewelry that dislodges can be accidentally swallowed or inhaled, causing injury
or requiring surgical removal.
July 20, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& David Messenger, MD
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