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Are oral piercings safe? Do piercings even influence your oral health? What health risks are associated with an oral piercing? To help you answer questions like these, please read on.

Sadly, piercings are not always safe. For example, if you have a piercing—whether in your tongue, cheek, or lip—you’re 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.

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.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us quickly. If you have any more questions about an oral piercing, are concerned about the state of your mouth after a piercing, or are interested in scheduling an appointment with us, we will gladly help. We are excited to hear from you.