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Oral and Perioral Piercing: A Unique Form of Self-Expression

Troye Peticolas, Terri S.I. Tilliss, Gail N Cross-Poline

Citation Information : Peticolas T, Tilliss TS, Cross-Poline GN. Oral and Perioral Piercing: A Unique Form of Self-Expression. J Contemp Dent Pract 1999; 1 (3):45-54.

DOI: 10.5005/jcdp-1-3-45

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-11-2004

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2000; The Author(s).


A comprehensive review of oral and perioral piercing is presented. This contemporary phenomenon has many implications for the piercee and for the oral healthcare professional. Oral and perioral piercing, which has become prevalent recently, has historical antecedents. The implications of piercing are described in detail including sites at the tongue, lips, cheeks, frenum, and uvula. Complications occurring immediately after, soon after, and long after the piercing are detailed with special emphasis on the possible deleterious effects on hard and soft oral tissues. Suggestions are provided for patient education including a pamphlet for downloading. Appropriate jewelry selection is described accompanied with a video clip demonstrating removal of jewelry during the dental appointment and a suggested technique for keeping the piercing hole patent while the jewelry is out. Reviewing this information should educate and prepare the oral healthcare professional for the patient presenting with an oral or perioral piercing.

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