Subscribe (free)
About NaturalNews
Contact Us
Write for NaturalNews
Media Info
Advertising Info
Gum disease

Mouth Piercings Increase Risk of Gum Disease

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: gum disease, health news, Natural News

Most Viewed Articles

(NaturalNews) Teenagers who get oral piercings are at a significantly higher risk for gum disease and tooth fractures, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Israeli army and the School of Dental Medicine at Tel Aviv University, and published in the American Dental Journal.

"There is a repeated trauma to the area of the gum," researcher Liran Levin said. "You can see these young men and women playing with the piercing on their tongue or lip. This act prolongs the trauma to the mouth and in many cases is a precursor to anterior tooth loss."

In a prior study, published in the journal Dental Traumatology, the same researchers interviewed 400 people between the ages of 18 and 19 on their piercing history, their knowledge of world health and their knowledge of the risks of oral piercings. The researchers then conducted world exams on all participants.

In the more recent study, the researchers reviewed data from a number of dental research centers around the world. They found that 15 to 20 percent of teenagers with oral piercings can be considered at a high risk for gum disease and tooth fractures. This elevated risk is not found in teens without oral piercings or in people of other ages who do have the piercings.

Approximately 10 percent of teenagers in New York have an oral piercing, compared with 3.4 percent in Finland and 20 percent in Israel.

Levin warned that gum disease and tooth fracture are long-term health complications that can eventually lead to permanent tooth loss. In addition, less common but more severe complications can occur.

"There are short-term complications to piercings in low percentages of teens, and in rare cases a piercing to the oral cavity can cause death," Levin said. "Swelling and inflammation of the area can cause edema, which disturbs the respiratory tract."

Sources for this story include: www.upi.com; www.sciencedaily.com.

Join the Health Ranger's FREE email newsletter
Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time. | Learn more...

comments powered by Disqus

Science News & Studies
Medicine News and Information
Food News & Studies
Health News & Studies
Herbs News & Information
Pollution News & Studies
Cancer News & Studies
Climate News & Studies
Survival News & Information
Gear News & Information
News covering technology, stocks, hackers, and more

Get alerted on heavy metals and pesticide test results for foods and supplements

Natural News is about to begin releasing lab test results for off-the-shelf food, supplement and pet food products, covering heavy metals, nutritive minerals, pesticides and herbicides. These details will be released exclusively to Natural News email newsletter subscribers (FREE) and will NOT be publicly posted on the website. To be alerted, join our free email newsletter now, and watch for lab test results in the weeks ahead.

Enter your email address below to subscribe to our email announcement list (but don't use gmail). Your privacy is protected and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you don't join our email list, you may never see our valuable content again via Facebook, Google or YouTube. CENSORSHIP has now reached EXTREME levels across the 'net. The truth is being suffocated. Subscribe now if you want to escape the delusional bubble of false reality being pushed by Google and Facebook.

Once you click subscribe, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free subscription.