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Established 1955

Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

What are the risks posed by mouth-piercing?

The primary concern associated with mouth-piercing is the risk of infection. Any of these diseases may be contracted during the procedure:

  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B, C, D and G
  • Blood-borne diseases

In addition, you have an increase risk of getting endocarditis, a potentially life-threatening disease affecting the heart, during the procedure.

Aside from the risk of infection, the procedure itself may cause trauma to the site, causing blood clots, prolonged bleeding, nerve damage and tissue swelling. The most serious immediate complication associated with mouth piercings occurs if the tongue swelling becomes very severe so as to cut off your breathing. This may happen when the piercing site becomes infected.

The jewelry itself may also pose problems with regard to oral health since it interferes with normal oral functions. It may cause injury to the gums and teeth, which increases your risk for gum and tooth decay. If you have had any work done on your teeth, jewelry can cause cracked teeth and damage fillings, crowns and orthodontics.

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Of the people whose smiles I admire, I have asked 1 common question. "Who was your Orthodontist!" Overwhelmingly the answer has been Dr Lupini. That is inarguably the Greatest testimony for his work and the results that you also will receive!

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Established 1955

John Lupini, DDS, MS, is the director of True Orthodontics, which specializes in early orthodontic treatment, teeth straightening, Invisalign alternatives, and treats children and adults. True Orthodontics serves all of the downriver communities including but not limited to Southeastern Michigan, Wayne County, Monroe County, Macomb County, Oakland County, Downriver, Trenton, Grosse Ile, Woodhaven, Trenton, Riverview, Wyandotte, Melvindale, Ecorse, River Rouge, Detroit, Taylor, Westland, Garden City, Lincoln Park, Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Romulus, Belleville, Huron Township, Van Buren Township, Flat Rock, Rockwood, Gibraltar, Brownstown, Monroe, Frenchtown, Newport, Carleton, Southgate and surrounding communities.