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Oral Piercings

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Ok, so you thought it would be cool to get your tongue pierced. Sure, it sets you apart and makes you different, but is it worth the risk to your oral health? That’s probably not even something that you thought about before getting your piercing done, however, the reality is by having a foreign object in your mouth you’re putting your oral health at risk. Here’s how.

Move Your Teeth

Many people get tongue piercings and refuse to remove them because of how quickly the tongue can heal. Unfortunately, the pressure of the piercing against a person’s teeth can cause them to loosen, shift, and even create gaps that previously did not exist. The process of these teeth shifting is known as diastema and can be expensive and time consuming to fix.

Cracked or Chipped Teeth

One of the reasons people enjoy having a tongue piercing is because they can play with it in their mouth. It helps to keep them occupied. Unfortunately, as your jewelry bumps against your teeth your enamel can chip away and cause you to develop a sensitivity. Worst case scenario, and we’ve seen this in office, you bite down on your tooth and crack it. This is incredibly painful and expensive to repair depending on the extent of damage done.


Most common after a tongue is freshly pierced, a tongue infection is no laughing matter and can spread to surrounding tissues, bones, and teeth if not addressed in a timely manner.

Poor Oral Health

An important part of keeping your mouth clean and healthy is brushing your tongue. Many people, however, skip this step in their oral hygiene routine because they don’t want to irritate their piercing. Your tongue is the perfect place for plaque to build up, so it’s important that if you have your tongue pierced you carefully brush your tongue to prevent excessive plaque build-up and bad breath.

Just because you choose to get a tongue piercing doesn’t mean you are doomed to have bad teeth. Following some precautionary measures can help ensure your mouth and teeth are healthy and you get to enjoy your piercing that’s uniquely you. These steps include:

  • Using a plastic piercing instead of a metal one.
  • Use a smaller bottom ball so that you sublingual area is less prone to damage.
  • If you opt for metal jewelry, only use surgical grade metal.
  • Keep your mouth clean – brush regularly, floss on a daily basis, and brush your tongue.
  • Get in for twice yearly cleanings. These allow you to have your teeth deep cleaned and for the doctor to check out your teeth for any damage.
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