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Did you know that there are many risks associated with oral piercings? Well, it’s true! There are many ways oral piercings in Houston, Texas, can harm your teeth, smile, and overall health. Some of the risks and complications associated with oral piercings 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: Having an oral piercing can make you vulnerable to transmitted diseases, like the herpes simplex virus and hepatitis B and C.

Endocarditis: Endocarditis is a serious health condition that can be created by an oral piercing. This issue occurs when bacteria passes through the oral wound and into the bloodstream, attacking the heart and inflaming its valves.

Nerve damage/prolonged bleeding: If the piercing damages your oral nerves, you will experience numbness and the loss of feeling in the area, which is extremely inconvenient and difficult, especially if it’s in the tongue. If the piercing punctures the blood vessels, prolonged bleeding can occur.

Damage to the teeth: Oral jewelry can damage your smile by chipping and cracking your teeth.

As you can see, oral piercings can harm your teeth and alter your health, which is why your dentist, Dr. Jorge Pinera, and our Sensitive Dental team encourage you to keep your oral health in tip-top shape by deciding not to pierce your lips, cheeks, or tongue. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about oral piercings, please call our office at 281-531-1000 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are more than happy to help you in any way we can!