ADHA: Oral Piercings Gaining Popularity, Critics
CHICAGO, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- From the chin to the cheeks, tongue and everything in-between, millions of young people are expressing their individuality with oral piercings. However, self-expression comes at a hefty cost for many as piercees can suffer serious infection, loss of taste and even toxic shock syndrome resulting from a poorly placed piercing, according to American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) President, Ann Naber, RDH. "The mouth is the ideal environment for infection and bacteria," Naber explained, "and it's well documented that there are fractures of teeth, periodontal disease (advanced gum disease) and trauma associated with the jewelry used in oral piercings." Other concerns raised by dental hygienists deal with the possibility of transmitting hepatitis, tetanus and HIV infection through piercing. "In addition, make sure the body artist practices good hygiene and uses hypoallergenic equipment," Naber advised. Any piercing procedure should use equipment that has been properly sterilized utilizing an autoclave process, Naber warned. For the parents of young teens who are considering getting an oral piercing, Naber recommended consulting with an oral health care professional first. ADHA is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of the more than 100,000 dental hygienists across the country. Dental hygienists are preventive oral health professionals, licensed in dental hygiene, who specialize in the prevention and treatment of oral diseases in order to protect total health. If you would like more information about dental hygiene, preventive oral health, or the connection between periodontal (gum) disease and life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, low-birthweight babies, or respiratory ailments, visit ADHA at www.adha.org . MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X62741678
SOURCE American Dental Hygienists' Association
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