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Body piercing is a popular form of self-expression but may come a health risk. A common habit of having a tongue piercing is to play with it and that can lead to gum disease. The gum tissue could get injured and cause gum recession which can lead to the loss of teeth.

Another risk is damaged teeth or fillings. One study in a dental journal reported that 47% of people in the study with oral piercings had at least one chipped tooth within 4 years.

When you get the oral piercings other problems are also possible. Infection can accrue with the wound created by the piercing because of the amount of bacteria in the mouth. Also from the handling of the jewelry will lead to additional bacteria in the mouth and wound. Because of the wound created there is a chance of bacteria can enter the blood stream and cause Endocarditis (inflammation of the heart). The piercing can also cause nerve damage, numbness or loss of sensation at the site of the piercing or movement problems that can affect your speech.

There is also the risk of the jewelry becoming loose which may become a choking hazard, and if swallowed, can result in injury to the digestive track or lungs.

Contact us immediately at (740) 474-4396 if you have any signs of infection, swelling, or a red-streaked appearance around the site of the piercing.