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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.

Sadly, piercings are not always safe. For example, if you have a piercing—whether on your tongue, cheek, or lip—you may be more likely to break or chip a tooth because your piercing could hit your teeth repeatedly. In fact, nearly half of individuals who have had an oral piercing for at least four years have at least one cracked tooth.

If you have a piercing, you’ll have to do something keep the hole open while you recover. Oftentimes, this means putting a barbell through the hole. While we wouldn’t generally consider the barbell long, it can cause problems in the confines of your mouth. This rod can brush against your gums while you’re chewing, and potentially leave you more vulnerable to a variety of disease.

For example, you could find yourself more susceptible to gum 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.