The skin on my outer gums and on my lips have been coming off. I got my tongue pierced four days ago and yesterday I really noticed some pain where my lips meet my gums. When I checked it out it looked like pus at first but then I realized it was blood and skin from my lips and gums. I use non alcoholic mouth was and I was using a little bit after every time I ate, and smoked. I don't know if I was just using too much mouth wash, or if the piercing caused these things. I would really hate to take it out and it close up, as a friend paid for it for my birthday.
Any solutions?

Hi Danielle,

Without seeing clinical pictures, I can't give you a definitive answer.
It does seem like there are issues with your gums from what you describe.  Pain, bleeding or pus is a way your body is telling you something may not be right.  Please go see your local dentist for an oral evaluation.



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I am a board-certified periodontist and an expert on dental implants. I am currently in private practice at Better Living through Dentistry. I can answer questions related to the treatment of periodontitis (gum disease), dental implants, sinus lifts, bone grafts, gum grafts, surgical exposure of teeth, and minor orthodontics.


I have been practicing periodontics and placing dental implants since 2006 on the Upper West Side, Manhattan, NY and in Forest Hills, Queens, NY at Better Living through Dentistry. I am currently an attending and Chief of Implantology at Flushing Hospital Medical Center.

American Board of Periodontology, American Academy of Periodontics, American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association

Wesleyan University / Amherst College, BA; SUNY Stony Brook Dental School, DDS; University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Certificate in Periodontics; New York University, 1-year program in Full-Mouth Reconstruction; Certified in Invisalign

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Northeast Society of Periodontists Achievement Award

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