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Are you considering getting an oral piercing? Were you aware that this form of self-expression could also pose significant risks to your dental and overall health? Even though many people have these piercings, we believe that you should be informed of the risks involved before you decide to get them.

Bacteria naturally resides in our mouths and getting an oral piercing could make you more susceptible to infections and other illnesses. One such condition you might get is endocarditis, an inflammation of the heart valve tissues, which can occur if the bacteria in your mouth gets into your bloodstream and travels to your heart.

Piercings can also be problematic to your teeth, ultimately damaging them. Especially while you’re getting used to your piercing, your teeth may frequently come into contact with the metal piercing and your enamel could wear away. Eventually, this could expose the underlying sensitive layers of your tooth, or your tooth could fracture and break.

Your metal jewelry can also injure any soft tissue like your gums, causing them to pull away from your tooth leaving the roots potentially exposed and vulnerable to decay.

If you still desire to have an oral piercing, or have already obtained one, please make an appointment with Drs. de la Osa, Casanova or Brand to learn more about safe-guarding your health by calling Sunshine Dental Group at 626.579.4274. We want you to stay healthy while expressing your individuality in El Monte, California.