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The Impact of Material on Microbiota in Association With Tongue and Lip Piercing

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01039259
First Posted: December 24, 2009
Last Update Posted: December 24, 2009
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Collaborator:
Austrian Society of Periodontology
Information provided by:
Medical University Innsbruck
  Purpose

Biofilms on oral piercings may serve as a bacterial reservoir and lead to systemic bacteraemia or local transmission of periopathogenic microbiota.

The investigators hypothesize that there are microbiological differences in bacterial samples collected from tongue /or lip piercings made of different materials. The investigators also hypothesize that the piercings carry the same characteristic bacteria as found in the piercing channels and that independently the biofilm on the tongue/adjacent teeth is similar to the other study locations.

85 subjects with tongue and 85 subjects with lip piercing will participate. Periodontal clinical parameters, traumata of hard tissues, and characteristics of the stud are evaluated. Sterile piercings of four different materials will be randomly allocated to the study subjects. After two weeks, microbiologic samples are collected and are processed by checkerboard DNA-DNA hybridization methods.


Condition Intervention
Bacteremia Device: piercings of four different materials

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective

Further study details as provided by Medical University Innsbruck:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • microbiologic findings of piercing samples [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • microbiologic findings in piercing channels, microbiologic findings on the tongue/adjacent teeth [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]

Estimated Enrollment: 170
Study Start Date: August 2008
Study Completion Date: February 2009
Primary Completion Date: February 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
subjects with lip piercing Device: piercings of four different materials
randomly assigned sterile piercings are inserted for two weeks
Other Names:
  • piercing materials:
  • steel, titanium, polypropylene, polytetrafluoroethylene
subjects with tongue piercing Device: piercings of four different materials
randomly assigned sterile piercings are inserted for two weeks
Other Names:
  • piercing materials:
  • steel, titanium, polypropylene, polytetrafluoroethylene

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
85 subjects with lip piercing 85 subjects with tongue piercing
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • lip/tongue piercing for at least six month in situ

Exclusion Criteria:

  • pregnancy and lactating women
  • medication with known effects on gingival tissues
  • antibiotic medication in the last six months or need for antibiotic prophylaxis
  • chlorhexidine use in the last six months
  • non-plaque induced gingival disease
  • prior diagnosis of periodontitis
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01039259


Locations
Austria
Innsbruck Medical University
Innsbruck, Austria, 6020
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical University Innsbruck
Austrian Society of Periodontology
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Ines Kapferer, Dr. Innsbruck Medical University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Ines Kapferer, Dr., Innsbruck Medical University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01039259     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AN3223 265/4.7
First Submitted: December 23, 2009
First Posted: December 24, 2009
Last Update Posted: December 24, 2009
Last Verified: January 2009

Keywords provided by Medical University Innsbruck:
adolescent
body piercing/adverse effects
tongue piercing
tongue/microbiology

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bacteremia
Bacterial Infections
Sepsis
Infection
Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
Inflammation
Pathologic Processes