Statement of Acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians on whose ancestral lands we provide dental services.

We acknowledge the deep feeling of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Country.

We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending our services.

We are committed to improving the oral health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

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Clinic closure

Our Birkenhead (Le Fevre) clinic is currently closed. Please phone (08) 8243 5629 during this period.

Oral piercings

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Oral piercings and your oral health

Oral piercings are any piercings of the tongue, lips or cheek. They are a popular form of self-expression.

Tongue and lip piercings can affect both the hard parts like your teeth and the softer parts like the inside of your cheeks and gums.

If you are thinking of getting an oral piercing, you should consider the risks involved.

These include:

  • infection
  • chipped or cracked teeth
  • lip, gum and cheek damage
  • nerve damage
  • interference with speaking and swallowing
  • blockage of airways from excessive swelling
  • excessive bleeding
  • ongoing pain.

To avoid problems with your piercing:

  • Choose a professional piercer who uses proper infection control techniques.
  • Do not pierce yourself or get a friend to do it.
  • After piercing, rinse your mouth with anti-bacterial mouthwash regularly – especially after eating.
  • Brush twice a day. Gently brush the tongue area around the piercing.
  • Wash your hands before touching your piercing and check that jewellery is tight and secure.

If you have severe redness, bleeding, pain or pus around your piercing, visit your doctor or dental professional.

Also, contact your oral health professional if you notice any damage to your gums or teeth.

Mouth piercings during dental treatment

To reduce the risk of injury during dental treatment, you may be asked to remove the piercing prior to your appointment.

Where the risk of damage to the teeth or gums is great, you may be advised to consider removing the piercing permanently.

If you have any questions, please talk to your dental professional.