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Is a Tongue Piercing Dangerous to Your Teeth?
Posted on 5/25/2020 by Jeannie Molato, DDS
We've recorded one-too-many cases of teeth issues resulting from tongue piercing at our offices, we can affirmatively recommend you keep away from it. But that doesn't imply that tongue piercing always spells doom. If you want a stylish tongue piercing that reflects your personality without endangering your dental health, you'll need to choose your style wisely and adopt a rigorous dental care regimen.
The style of your tongue piercing determines the level of risks you can be exposed to. For instance, the results of research published in the March edition of the Journal of Periodontology shows that the risks of suffering chipped or broken teeth increase the closer the piercing is to the teeth. Also, the harder surfaces of metallic piercings are much more likely to abrade the tooth and gums compared to piercings made with porcelain or other plastic materials.
Teeth Problems That Can Accompany Tongue Piercing
Most of the tooth problems that accompany tongue piecing are usually caused by the abrasion of the piercing against the teeth and gums. Studies show that 35% of people who've had a tongue piercing on for 4 or more years suffer from receding gums. That percentage increases to 50% when considering only those who use long-stemmed barbells, which are more likely to ram into gums frequently. Besides gum recession, the perpetual impact of the tongue piercing on various parts of the mouth can also lead to cracked, chipped, or broken teeth, inflammation, etc. Tongue piercing can also cause tooth problems because they come with pockets of spaces that trap food particles and create a breeding ground for bacteria and plaque buildup.
But as stated earlier, you can avoid all these problems by placing the piercing as far away from your teeth as possible and opting for plastic instead of hard metallic piercings. Rigorous dental care is also very essential. If you're already grappling with the symptoms of teeth problems resulting from tongue piercings, you can call our offices to arrange for prompt, customized restoration procedures.