Tongue piercings may be a part of a popular trend, however many people who want one do not take into consideration the destructive effect it can have on your teeth. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGO) states that chipped teeth, drooling, gum damage, nerve damage, taste loss, tooth loss, swelling of the tongue and infection are all direct results of tongue piercings. In severe cases, it can also lead to Periodontitis, an infection causing severe complications with tooth loss and severe bone loss. The following are some effects of tongue piercings:
Receding Gums: Receding gums are a natural occurrence of aging. However, this process is known to be quickened after receiving a tongue piercing. The jewelry rubs and scrapes against the gums, causing it to become irritated and inflamed. Thus, the gums will slowly start to recede and expose a part of the tooth’s root, causing a sensitivity and pain to the person.
Broken Teeth: Approximately 47% of people who have worn tongue piercings after 2 years or longer have been prone to chipped teeth. Thus, it is common for people with tongue piercings to chip their teeth while completing daily actions such as, sleeping, eating talking and chewing. This is a result of the tooth enamel weakening from constant contact with the piercing jewelry. After chipping or breaking of your tooth, you may need dental fillings, crowns, root canals, or tooth extractions. A higher expense for both you and your health.
Swelling of the Tongue: The swelling of the tongue may result in difficulty eating, swallowing and breathing. After placement, if the swelling is severe enough and blocks your airway, you may need immediate medical action, such as hospitalization.
Infection: Lastly, once you pierce your tongue, you must be aware that you are now vulnerable to infection, which can be very painful and dangerous. In severe cases, infection causes deep pockets filled with plaque, tartar, and bacteria to form between teeth and gums, eating away at bone tissue. This form of serious infection is known as Periodontitis.
By: Lillian B.