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Mar 15, 2018

Tongue Piercing Risks: What You Should Know

Body piercings are a popular form of self-expression. People get piercing on numerous parts of their bodies. A piercing which has gained popularity in recent decades are tongue piercings. While you might think that a tongue piercing is cool or attractive, you should be aware of the risks involved.

Our mouths are very sensitive. Due to all the soft tissue and enamel that make up our mouths, external factors can have a strong impact on our oral health. Our mouths also contain millions of bacteria which can cause serious infection. There you should make yourself aware of tongue piercing risks if you are thinking about getting this type of jewellery.

Here are some of the risks you could be facing:

 

Swelling, Infection and Pain

Our mouths are very moist environments due to the amount of saliva that we produce. This moist environment, while absolutely necessary, is also a breeding ground for millions of bacteria. When a foreign object is pierced through a tongue, it creates an open wound that is subject to becoming infected. This infection can be painful, and in some cases can become dangerous. A bad infection can even cause your tongue to swell. This could result in difficulties breathing due to a swollen tongue blocking your airways.

 

Damage to Teeth, Fillings and Gums

A common habit of people who have a tongue piercing is to bite against it or flick it against their teeth. This can cause serious damage to your teeth and gums. Piercings are generally made of metal which can scratch your teeth or cut your gums. If you have fillings, then a tongue piercing could dislodge these protective guards.

 

Allergic Reaction

You may have an allergic reaction to the metal in a tongue piercing. If you are unaware that you have an allergic reaction to the metal, then it could cause a significant amount of discomfort and swelling.

 

Nerve Damage

Your tongue is filled with different nerve endings which help you differentiate taste and hot and cold food and beverages. A tongue piercing risks damaging these nerve endings. This could be a temporary problem but could result in being permanent damage.

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Excessive Drooling

Due to a foreign object being lodged in your tongue, your mouth might produce an excessive amount of saliva as a result. This could result in your drooling excessively.

 

Problems with Your Dentist

When you have a dentist appointment, your oral health care expert might need to take an X-Ray of your mouth. A tongue piercing risks blocking the X-Rays and therefore resulting in an inaccurate vision of your oral health.

 

Ayrine Diaz-Sutcliffe, a dental hygienist at Apple Dental Hygiene in Scarborough, Ontario believes that if you already have a tongue piercing, you should take the appropriate steps to protect your oral health. Use mouthwash regularly to keep the area around the piercing clean. Check the tightness of the piercing regularly to help prevent it from falling out. Maintain good oral health by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and making frequent visits to your hygienist.

 

For more information, please visit:

 

Ayrine Diaz-Sutcliffe,

Apple Dental Hygiene,

2130 Lawrence Ave East,

Scarborough

M1R 3A6

Office Number: 416 438 5440
Cell Number:  416 571 4847

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