Oral Piercings and Tooth Jewellery, What You Should Know!

09 January 2018 - Dental Health

Does your teen want a tongue piercing or tooth jewellery? Before giving him or her the okay, you should know that these interventions are not your run-of-the-mill cosmetic procedures.


Here are some of the possible consequences:

  • Allergic reaction to products or metals used in manufacturing the jewellery.
  • Premature wear of teeth due to friction from the jewellery.
  • Chipping or breakage of the teeth due to repetitive shocks from chewing or sporting activities, for instance.
  • Irritated and bleeding gums.
  • Receding gums (a gum graft may even be required in certain cases).
  • Nerve damage to the tongue which may lead to paresthesia—a loss of sensitivity similar to that experienced under local anaesthetic.
  • Speech impairment.


Remind your teen that the risks related to oral piercings are greater than those related to other body piercings. Why? Your mouth is a warm and humid environment which contains a lot of bacteria; it is therefore conducive to the development of infections. It contains several important blood vessels and nerves, and is lined with a mucous membrane that is easily damaged.


The application of tooth jewellery, such as little "diamonds" glued to the teeth, must be performed in a sterile environment which complies with hygiene requirements. A dental exam should also be performed beforehand. The Ordre des dentistes du Québec does not recommend tooth jewellery because of the oral health risks that are involved. Also, before applying any such jewellery, the tooth must be cleared of any past alterations in order for the application to be as reversible as possible.


Would you like to learn more?

For more information and safety tips, see the pamphlet Tattoos and Piercing… Protecting yourself from AIDS, hepatitis B and hepatitis C on the website Santé et Services sociaux Québec.

©2022 / Centre Dentaire Daneault –

Dentist in Ste-Therese