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If you are considering receiving an oral piercing, we encourage you to be informed of the potential health risks. For example, do you know how safe your oral piercing will be, or how it may impact your oral health? Our dentist and team want to discuss the risks of oral piercing to help you be aware of any associated health complications.

It is a sad truth that not all oral piercings are safe. For example, a piercing in your lip, tongue, or cheek could increase your risk of chipping or breaking a tooth in the event that your piercing knocks against your teeth repeatedly. Many individuals who receive oral piercings experience a cracked tooth or other form of dental damage.

Though the gums heal after a piercing, the placement of a barbell may keep the hole open and can also rub against your gums during speaking or chewing, causing gum injury and making you more susceptible to disease. Untreated gum disease can cause the loss of a tooth and surrounding bone structure.

Oral piercing can also increase your risk of hepatitis B and C and herpes. If the piercing enables bacteria to access your bloodstream, you could experience inflammation in your heart or valves–also known as endocarditis.

Finally, if the piercing punctures a blood vessel or nerve, it could result in excessive bleeding or permanent numbness.

If you are concerned about oral health problems caused by oral piercings and would like to speak with Dr. Laura Miller about the risks of oral piercings in Middletown, Connecticut, call 860-346-6872 today and schedule your visit to our office.