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How Tongue Piercings Affect Your Oral Health
Over the past years, tongue piercing has become a more and more popular form of body piercing.
According to Vita Dental Spring, there are two main ways of piercing your tongue;
Dorsoventral tongue piercing and dorsolateral tongue piercing.
Dorsoventral piercing is where jewelry is inserted through the top portion of the tongue’s jewelry then penetrates to the bottom part of the tongue. A stud is then used to hold the jewelry in position. With dorsolateral piercing, jewelry is inserted through the width of the tongue, and a barbell stud then holds the jewelry in place.
Many youths are finding it lucrative to pierce their tongues not put into consideration the effects that this practice has on their oral health.
It is advisable therefore to know how your oral health is affected before deciding to pierce your tongue as these effects can range from mild to serious cases.
Below are ways on how tongue piercing can be dangerous to your health:
The tongue contains many sensitive nerves that are used for tasting. Tongue piercing can be risky to these nerves as it can easily damage them.
Notably, a few days after piercing your tongue, the tongue becomes numb due to nerve damage.
This may permanently affect one’s sense of taste and the general movement of tongue in the mouth. The tongue also contains several blood vessels. These vessels may rupture when being pierced, posing a huge risk of blood loss which may be fatal
Infection, pain, and swelling
The piercings leave behind openings and wounds before they heal. The mouth is a moist environment, hence harbors very many breeding bacteria. When these bacteria get into those openings and wounds, they may lead to infections.
The infections can develop and become a life-threatening matter.
When not properly done, piercings can make the tongue to swell, which can lead to blockage of airways in the mouth.
It is important to be cleaning the piercing regularly to avoid the bacteria from causing unwanted illnesses.
When the jewelry that is inserted moves alongside the tongue, it rubs against the gum causing the gums to recede. The gums may then start to bleed behind the front lower teeth. This may lead to an oral condition called bleeding gums.
The piercing often scratches against the teeth making the tooth to chip
constant scratching erodes the tooth enamel hence exposing the tooth from the root. This makes the teeth to be susceptible to both cold and hot substances. The chipping away of the enamel may eventually lead to a condition called tooth cavities.
Tongue piercing can also damage tooth fillings making the tooth to develop unnecessary root canals. These canals just like any other opening can be a dwelling place for bacteria and germs.
Also, the piercing can cause one to develop a diastema, which is a gap that develops between the front two teeth. Although this condition is dangerous to oral health, it is rare.
Food particles and plaque can easily hide within the jewelry used to make these piercing. The plaque buildup leads to stinking of the mouth.
Tongue piercing may cause excessive saliva production in the mouth.
When too much saliva is produced it becomes hard to accumulate it in the mouth, therefore, some saliva will start escaping through the sides of the mouth, a condition called drooling.
Difficulties in dental appointments
The jewelry in the mouth can interfere with x-rays during a medical checkup.
This may, in turn, make it difficult for your doctor to perform regular medical checks on your dental health.
Loosely suspended jewelry can easily snap or break.
When a person swallows this broken piece accidentally, the effects of the jewelry in the body can even be fatal.
Hypersensitive to metals
The jewelry used is made of different types of metals.
When your body is hypersensitive to some of these metals allergic reactions can arise affecting your body.
Difficulties in talking
The tongue and teeth play a key role when talking.
When the two are therefore affected by the piercing, talk is also affected.
If you choose to have your tongue pierced, Vita Dental Spring advises that one should be keen to choose piercer who is good enough for the job. Human error can lead to severe bleedings and some other complications altogether.
However, if you already have the piercing, always keep the place clean and free from bacteria or any solid food substances. Avoid rubbing the jewelry against the gum or teeth to prevent causing damage to your teeth or gums.
Occasionally, check how tight the jewelry is. This reduces any possibilities of swallowing the jewelry in the event of it breaking.
When engaging in sporting activities, remember to remove the jewelry and return it later after the activity.
Above all, often visit your dentist to have regular check-ups of your general oral health.
With a team of qualified doctors and dentists, Vita Dental Springs have the experience to diagnose and treat any oral problem that may arise from a tongue piercing.
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