The Connection Between Tongue Piercing and Your Oral Health

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Whether you believe it or not, tongue piercings can affect your oral health more than you might realize. There are many complications that can occur, including:

Chipped teeth
If you have a tongue piercing, it is highly likely that you will fracture your teeth. Many people tend to chip their teeth on their oral jewelry when they eat, sleep, talk, and chew. If a tooth becomes fractured, a dental filling, root canal therapy, and even tooth extraction could be required.

It is very common for the tongue to swell after it has been pierced. Sometimes, the swelling gets so bad that it can block the airways, stopping oxygen flow. In order to help the situation, doctors oftentimes have to pass a breathing tube through the nose to help the patient breathe until the swelling subsides.

The tongue is covered with bacteria, which means that it is highly likely that an infection will develop if you pierce your tongue. Once the tongue is punctured, the bacteria is introduced to the blood. Then, the infection can transfer to other areas of the body, like the heart, and cause many complications.

Allergic reactions
Many people are allergic to specific types of metals. When the piercer punctures the tongue with one of those metals, an allergic reaction develops, which is very dangerous. An allergic reaction can also develop if you use an oral jewelry that is made of the same type of metal.

As you can see, there are many problems that can occur if you pierce your tongue, which is why Dr. Trace M. Lund and our caring dental team at Provo Pediatric Dentistry strongly advise against tongue piercings. We care about you and your smile, and we want you to have the best oral health possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 801-373-4200 today and talk to a member of our friendly dental team. We look forward to your call!