Risks Associated With Oral Piercings

Are you thinking about piercing your tongue, lip, or cheek? If so, it’s important to think about the many risks associated with oral piercing. Some of those risks include:

-Infections: You are at a high risk of infection because the wound that is created by the piercing is surrounded by oral bacteria. In addition, the jewelry placed in your mouth can also supply bacteria if it’s not properly cleaned beforehand.

-Transmission of diseases: Sometimes, oral piercings can involve the transmission of diseases, like the herpes simplex virus and hepatitis B and C.

-Endocarditis: Because of the wound that is created by the piercing, there’s a chance that the bacteria can enter into the bloodstream and inflame the heart and its valves, which is known as endocarditis.

-Nerve damage/prolonged bleeding: Sometimes the piercing can create numbness or loss of sensation in the area that is pierced. This is because the nerves become severely damaged. Also, if blood vessels are punctured, there is a chance that you can experience prolonged bleeding.

-Damage to the teeth: There is a high chance that you can chip or crack your teeth on the oral jewelry. So, if you want strong and beautiful teeth, it’s best to keep them away from oral jewelry.

Because oral piercings are so damaging for your smile, our Atkinson Family Dentistry team encourages you to keep your oral health in tip-top shape by choosing not to pierce your oral cavity. For more information and details about oral piercings in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, please call our office at 360-856-4540 and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Brandon L. Atkinson, if you have any concerns about your oral health. We are happy to help you!