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Tongue piercing and dental health

Tongue, lips, cheeks piercing…these are current trends towards body art. There are few things to consider before having it done. British Oral Health Foundation warns that piercing area of the mouth poses risk to oral health.

The oral cavity is inhabited by numerous bacteria and is an ideal site for infection. This is particularly a threat to fresh wounds that require constant attention and care to prevent complications. Infection can quickly turn into more serious health problems.

It is very important to avoid playing, constant manipulation of the tag, because if it come in contact with your teeth, it leads to fractures – especially on your front upper and lower teeth.

Most often your teeth can get damaged during sleep by grinding or by clenching your tongue. Simple sneezing can cause the damage!

If you have piercing around your mouth area that is just another good reason to visit your dentist regularly so he/she can make you aware of any damages that you piercing might have done to your teeth. If picked up early chances are that it will be easily repairable and it will not result in you losing any teeth unnecessarily.

If you are considering a tongue piercing, or already have one, these three steps will help you prevent problems from developing.

  1. Keep your mouth as clean as possible by brushing and flossing daily, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash after every meal for the first three weeks.

  2. Avoid playing with your jewellery in your mouth. It’s tempting, but this causes damage to your teeth and gums.

  3. Make sure the ends of your piercing are properly attached and check them daily to keep them in place.



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