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Oral piercings can be dangerous for your smile, so if you’re considering piercing your lip, tongue, or cheek, it’s best to think about the different risks and complications that can occur. Some risks and complications that can occur include:

Infections: Because your mouth is full of bacteria, there is a high chance that the wound from the piercing can get severely infected.

-Transmission of diseases: Sometimes, oral piercings can make you at a high risk of having a transmitted disease, like the herpes simplex virus and hepatitis B and C.

Endocarditis: Endocarditis is a serious health issue that can be caused by oral piercings. This issue develops when the bacteria in your mouth enters into the bloodstream through your oral wound. When it enters the bloodstream, it attacks the heart, inflaming the valves.

Nerve damage/prolonged bleeding: If the piercing has damaged your nerves, there is a chance that you will experience numbness or loss of sensation in the pierced area. If the piercing punctures a blood vessel, prolonged bleeding can occur. Another complication is tongue swelling. If your tongue swells, it can make breathing extremely difficult.

Damage to the teeth: Oral jewelry has a tendency to harm your teeth. So, if you pierce your oral cavity, there is a chance that you will chip and crack your pearly whites.

Now that you know all about the risks associated with oral piercings in Poughkeepsie, New York, your dentist, Dr. Mark L. Pitel, and our dedicated dental team trust that you’ll make the best decision for your oral health. If you have any questions about oral piercings, please feel free to call our office at 845-454-0790. We are more than happy to help you!