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Before you decide that you want to pierce your tongue, it is important to understand the risks that are associated with oral piercings. While oral piercings may look cool and appear rebellious, they can lead to complications if you do not take proper precautions. While many people who are set on getting an oral piercing do not want to be dissuaded, they should understand the risks involved.

One of the reasons that oral piercings are so popular is that there are many options available. You can get a common midline tongue piercing, or any you can get a frenulum or labret piercing. Depending on the size, location, and number of your piercings, they may require extra care and more frequent examinations from the dentist.

When you have a tongue stud, it can be tempting to want to click your piercing against your teeth. This clicking can be very damaging to the enamel of your teeth and can cause cracks and fractures. It is also common for people with tongue piercings to want to press the jewelry against the teeth or into gaps in the teeth. Constant pressure on the teeth can cause them to shift or become misaligned.

When you first get a tongue piercing, you should take extra care that it does not get infected during the vulnerable 4 to 6 weeks that the tongue takes to heal. The mouth is full of bacteria, which can enter the bloodstream through the open sore, causing diseases such as endocarditis.

To minimize the risk of damaging your teeth, you should make sure that your barbell piercing is snug against your tongue with the smallest length of barbell that fits you. You should also avoid tapping your piercing against your teeth or pressing it against the gums.  It is also important that you visit the dental office on a regular basis so that any dental concerns can be addressed early.

To learn more about oral piercings and the risks associated with them, please feel free to contact our office at Emerson Dental and we will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.