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Are you thinking about getting an oral piercing? Did you know that this sign of self-expression can also pose significant health risks to your dental and overall health? While many people have these piercings, we believe that you should know the risks involved before you get them.

Our mouths are naturally full of bacteria and getting an oral piercing can make you susceptible to infections and other illnesses. One such condition is endocarditis, an inflammation of the heart valve tissues, which can occur when the bacteria from your mouth enters your bloodstream and travels to your heart.

Piercings could damage your teeth. When you are talking or chewing, your teeth may frequently strike the metal piercing and your enamel could chip away. Eventually, this kind of erosion could expose the underlying layers of your tooth that are more sensitive, or your tooth could fracture and break.

Metal jewelry could also injure your gums and cause them to pull away from your tooth leaving the roots potentially exposed and vulnerable to decay.

If you still want to have an oral piercing, or you already have one, please make an appointment with Dr. Blake Dayley to learn more about protecting your health by calling 208-321-1141. At Dayley Family Dental, we want you to stay healthy as you express your individuality in Boise, Idaho.