OT: Body Piercing Dangers

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    Piercing Dangers

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ivanhoe Broadcast News) Reported May 15, 2006 --


    There's a warning out for people with body piercings: There are risks involved, including infection. But here are tips on how to stay infection-free.

    These days you see piercings just about everywhere on the body.

    When Zachary Richardson got his lip pierced six years ago, he didn't think it would land him in the dentist's chair today. "Honestly, this is the first I've ever actually been told that it is doing damage," he says.

    In a recent study, researchers found 40 percent of participants with lip piercings had evidence of receding gums, compared to only 7 percent without the piercing.

    Gum recession exposes the root of the tooth, making you sensitive to drinking anything cold, hot or sweet. It's also more difficult to keep your gums clean, causing cavities and faster decay.

    "Number one rule, don't do it," says Michele Carr, RDH, MA, who is director of the hygiene program at the Ohio State University Health Sciences Center in Columbus.

    Bleeding can be a serious side effect of tongue piercing that causes a loss of sensation from nerve damage. If you are looking to pierce a part with good blood flow, try your navel. Nickel allergies are a separate piercing issue. About 15 percent of people have them, but most don't know it. Even more serious piercing problems are infections like HIV and hepatitis.

    Reduce your risk by:

    -Making sure all piercing equipment is sterilized
    -Pierce only fleshy areas of the body that have good blood flow
    -Scrub the skin with an antiseptic for 60 seconds or more before piercing
    -Use stainless steel or 18-karat gold jewelry or better

    Richardson isn't taking any more chances ... He's kissing his lip piercing goodbye.


    If you would like more information, please contact:

    Michele Carr, R.D.H., M.A.
    The Ohio State University
    Dental Hygiene, #79
    P.O. Box 182357
    Columbus, OH 43218
    (614) 292-7210
    carr.3@osu.edu