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Are you considering an oral piercing, but find yourself concerned with potential health risks? Do you ever wonder about how safe oral piercings are? Do piercings even influence your oral health? To answer questions such as these, we’re happy to discuss a few risks of oral piercing.

For instance, did you know that nearly of fifty percent of individuals with oral jewelry are likely to crack of chip their tooth within four years? While this may seem unusual, it is simply because of repeatedly tapping your tooth with jewelry. If this happens, you’ll probably need to visit a dentist to have your tooth restored.

Also, while your gums heal, you will likely have a barbell placed to keep the hole open. This may rub against your gums when you chew or speak and injure your gums, leaving you more susceptible to disease. If gum disease isn’t treated, you may lose a tooth or even supporting bone structure. Similarly, after a piercing, you may be more likely to have herpes and hepatitis B and C. There is also a chance that bacteria could enter your bloodstream through your piercing leading to endocarditis—which is an inflammation of your heart or valves.

Finally, there is a chance that your piercing will puncture a nerve or a blood vessel, causing either excessive bleeding or numbness that may be permanent.

A tongue piercing can have an impact on your oral health. If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us soon.