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11.13.08

Mouth Piercings Increase Risk of Gum Disease

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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.” source

Tough clampdown on skin-piercing activity in Halton

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SKIN-PIERCING in Halton is set to come under even tighter regulation after the council invoked bylaws aimed at protecting public health.

As a result of the new rules, businesses and operators that practise all forms of skin piercing will have to register with the council.

Any business found not complying with the regulations could also be stung with a £1,000 fine and be suspended from operating in Halton.

Health bosses said the new by-law has extended the controls to include body piercing, scarification and semi-permanent skin colouring, micro-pigmentation, semi-permanent make-up and semi-permanent tattooing. The legislation also covers businesses carrying out acupuncture, tattooing, ear-piercing and electrolysis, which were covered by the original legislation.

A council spokesman, said: “Any skin-piercing activity can carry a potential risk of transmission of blood-borne virus, such as HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C and other bacterial infections.

“The benefits of this new bylaw are that in addition to the registration of the premises, each individual operator at the businesses is also required to be registered with the local authority.

“The premises and the operators are required to display the registration certificates at the premises.

“The premises will continue to be subjected to regular inspections by officers of the council, who will also issue advice and guidance.

“It is an offence to fail to register as a business, to register as an operator or to comply with the requirements of the bylaw. The penalty for each offence is a fine not exceeding £1,000. The court can also cancel or suspend the business or the operators certificate of registration.”

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Body piercing shop wins 2-year reprieve

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If you want to get your ears pierced in downtown Palm Springs, you have two more years to do so.

The Palm Springs Planning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to allow Fit to be Tyed two more years to continue doing body piercing.

It’s illegal to get your ears, nose, navel or other body parts pierced in downtown Palm Springs.

But for 18 years, Fit to be Tyed has performed body piercings, with no problems.

Until now.

The sunset clause on a 1998 law prohibiting body piercing in downtown has expired and shop owner Norman Freedberg is wondering why the city says he must now desist.

He started piercing at his business four years before the law was implemented. He should be grandfathered in, he said. Body piercing is 50 percent of his business.

“There is nothing negative about it,” Freedberg said. “We are just very good at what we do. I don’t know why it bothers people. They do it everywhere else.”

On Wednesday, the Palm Springs Planning Commission said Freedberg could have two more years to figure out what to do. He will not have another opportunity to extend his request when it expires.

The Planning Commission voted 7-0 to allow Freedberg the time extension. Freedberg paid $881 for the application.

“He has been a good neighbor,” Main Street Palm Springs President Joy Meredith said, adding that she had signatures from other merchants in support of Fit to be Tyed.

Fit to be Tyed has been in business since 1990. The shop at 226 N. Palm Canyon Drive sells clothing, jewelry and decorations. If he is forced to stop body piercing in two years, Freedberg said he will need to close the store.

For now, he has two years to continue operating his store. He also plans to petition the city to enact a new law that would allow body piercing in downtown.

Commissioner Toni Ringlein requested that the city take a look at the current law.

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