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Many people enjoy self-expression. That may mean clothing or hairstyles, or it might mean tattoos. Some people choose to express themselves through piercing their lips or tongues. While it might seem like a good idea at the time, before you take the plunge, here are some things that you may want to consider.

First, the piercing itself might be dangerous. There is no shortage of blood vessels in your mouth, particularly in your tongue. If the piercing is not done correctly, the needle could strike a blood vessel which can result in severe bleeding.

Infection is no small concern. The mouth is home to incredible amounts of bacteria. In fact, the number of bacteria in your mouth is about the same number of people on the earth. If you don’t take the right aftercare steps and keep your piercing clean, you could get a serious infection. Tongue piercings also raise your risk of hepatitis and endocarditis, which is an inflammation of your heart valves or tissues.

A barbell in your tongue may look good, but a piercing can make it difficult for you to eat or speak properly. In addition, the barbell can chip your teeth, and as it repeatedly strikes your lower teeth, it can eventually cause a gap.

If you are considering having your tongue or lips pierced, or a piercing is giving you trouble, you should make an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Asad Ahsan. If you live in the McKinney. Texas, area and would like to plan a visit at Vital Dental, call (972) 347-0945 today.