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Can Tongue Piercing Affect Your Oral Health?

Posted on 10/15/2023 by Office
Close-up of someone sticking their tongue with a tongue piercing out of their mouth at Davis Dental PracticeTongue piercing is becoming popular among young people. Some people engage in this act for aesthetic reasons or to add a unique look. Regardless of how beautiful the tongue piercing looks, it is vital to note that it can be dangerous to oral health. It can interfere with your speech, eating, and swallowing. It can also cause oral complications, such as nerve damage. If you are considering tongue piercing, you should think about the dangers it can cause to your oral health. Learn 3 dangers of tongue piercing:


The moist nature of the mouth creates an ideal environment for bacteria to grow. This makes your mouth susceptible to infections, especially when there is an incision. Tongue piercing also involves introducing jewelry in the mouth. This allows food particles and bacteria to accumulate along the ring, which can lead to infections.

Teeth Damage

When you get jewelry on your tongue, you will likely develop the habit of playing with it. You may also bump it against the teeth when speaking or eating. When done frequently, this habit can wear down the tooth enamel, making you susceptible to cavities. A damaged enamel exposes the sensitive layers, causing pain and tooth discoloration. Tooth enamel protects the inner parts of the tooth. When it wears away, it cannot grow back. Thus, you should take good care of your oral health to prevent enamel damage.

Teeth Misalignments

The tongue heals quickly. Therefore, the hole can close when you remove the piercing. This makes people wear their tongue jewelry daily. Unfortunately, constant pressure made by the piercing on the teeth can cause teeth movements. When the teeth shift, they can create gaps and misalignments. For this reason, it is good to think about the risks of tongue piercing. Visit us or contact our team for more information about the dangers of tongue piercing on oral health.
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