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Oral Piercings

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is an oral piercing?

An oral piercing is a hole made in the lip, tongue, or cheek so jewelry can be added. Jewelry includes a stud, ring, or barbell. More than one piercing can be made in a single area. The tongue is the most common location for an oral piercing. Oral piercings are considered a form of body art and personal expression.

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What do I need to know about oral piercing safety?

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