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Piercings can cause dental complications

Body piercings, especially to the lips and tongue, can cause serious dental complications, according to research conducted by the University of Tel Aviv.

health and fitness Updated: May 26, 2008 19:55 IST

Body piercings, especially to the lips and tongue, can cause serious dental complications, according to research conducted by the University of Tel Aviv.

In the study of 400 consecutive patients, who were aged 20 years on average, every fourth person with a piercing in the tongue or lips revealed symptoms such as gum bleeding.

Some 13.9 percent had broken teeth or other dental complications, the study found.

Dental professionals were warned of the increasing number of patients with oral piercings and to provide appropriate guidance to patients regarding the health risks.