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There are many risks that are associated with oral piercings, which is why your dentist, Dr. Carol Halloran, and our friendly dental team encourage you to keep your oral health in tip-top shape by choosing not to pierce your lips, cheeks, and tongue.

The many risks associated with this choice are:

-Infections: You are at a high risk of infection if you get an oral piercing, especially because your mouth is covered with bacteria. Also, more bacteria is introduced to the wound by the jewelry you wear if you don’t properly sanitize it before placing it in your mouth.

-Transmission of diseases: Oral piercings put you at risk for having transmitted 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 or its valves, which is known as endocarditis.

-Nerve damage/prolonged bleeding: Sometimes oral piercings can cause numbness or loss of sensation in the pierced area. This generally happens because the nerves are damaged. There is also a chance that your blood vessels can get punctured. When this happens, prolonged bleeding can occur.

-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 and complications associated with oral piercings in Waterloo, Iowa, our Crossroads Dental team hopes that you make the best decision for your smile. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more, please feel free to call our office at 319.291.3908 and talk to a member of our dental team!