He’s trendy and all his friends have one or more piercings, and now he wants one too. You’re not happy about the idea, but you can’t ignore him either because you know he would do it without your permission. So it is better to have a serious discussion with him and talk to him about the risks.
If the piercing is done following the rules of hygiene and if the teenager does not have any contraindications, there is no danger. If these conditions are not met, some problems may occur such as:
. These are normal after the insertion of the piercing, but they heal within two weeks at the most. If you notice that it is getting worse, it needs a medical consultation.
: due to poorly sterilized needles, there is a risk of hepatitis B or C or herpes. Even worse, he can be infected with HIV.
: contact eczema occurs due to the materials from which the jewelry is made. Nickel is cheap and often used.
To prevent these troubles, it is good for the teenager to follow some strict rules of hygiene. It all starts with the studio where he does his piercing, which must be clean, and the person doing the operation must wear surgical gloves and sterilize the equipment he will use in front of the client.
At the same time, the teenager should not stay in the sun before getting a piercing. After that, the place where the piercing was inserted must be cleaned several times a day with saline (for those on the body) or mouthwash (for those in the mouth).
If he chooses such a piercing, he must rinse his mouth as often as possible with mouthwash, for at least two weeks, and the piercing must be checked frequently by a dentist.
Lip or tongue piercing can lead to long-term complications for teenagers. Going beyond infections, which are the most common, there is the risk of tooth fracture or periodontal complications, which can later lead to tooth loss.
After the pain and swelling caused by the jewelry passes, there is a risk of developing a sensitivity or allergy to the metal used. Sometimes, the jewel changes the way he speaks, the ability to chew and swallow, or damages one of the nerves of the child’s tongue.
Infections in the mouth are much more common than in other parts of the body because of the large number of bacteria here. If he has dental problems, the jewelry could cause problems and will need to be removed if he needs an X-ray of the mouth.