While tongue rings remain a popular fixture among America's youth, medical professionals are warning of the dangers that they can pose in your mouth. From tooth loss to gum damage, getting a tongue piercing may create serious complications in your mouth. You should be aware of the issues before you get a piercing to make sure you are aware of all the risks involved.
Not unexpectedly, it can be very easy to chip or fraction your teeth with a tongue piercing. The jewelry is attached to a pretty strong muscle that does a lot of quick movements in the mouth. Even if you have strong teeth at the time of your piercing, having jewelry in your mouth can slowly wear down and weakened your teeth. You might think it's cool to have your tongue pierced, but being toothless because of it could diminish the appeal.
Tongue rings can also cause nerve damage and inflammation. This may make it difficult or even painful to eat or drink. This is even worse if it is coupled with an infection. Infections are characterized by swelling, redness and extreme pain. They can typically be avoided by regularly cleaning the piercing, removing food particles and rinsing your mouth with mouthwash.
Dentists also report that people with tongue rings have a much higher chance of getting periodontitis, which is when the gum pulls away from the teeth forming pockets that result in loose teeth or tooth loss. People with any type of mouth piercings should get regular dental checkups to prevent this from occurring. Ultimately it is your decision on whether or not a tongue piercing is right for you. You should make an educated decision either way. If you do make the decision to get the piercing, be sure to take care of it and take any measures necessary to prevent serious medical issues.