The Risks of Tongue Piercing

If your teen is set on piercing their tongue, there are a few things we would like you to know. Ultimately, it’s yours and your teen’s decision; however, Dr. Douglas B Ball would like you to be aware of the many risks associated with tongue piercing before you make a final decision.

Tongue piercing can cause:

Chipped teeth
It is very common for people to chip their teeth on the jewelry when then eat, sleep, talk, and chew. Tooth fractures are very serious dental problems and they require a dental filling, root canal, or even a tooth extraction to be fixed.

Tongue piercings often make the tongue swell after being punctured. Sometimes the swelling becomes too extreme and it can cut off a person’s breathing. When this happens, the doctor will need to pass a breathing tube through the patient’s nose until the swelling goes down.

Tongues are covered with bacteria, so when they are pierced, there is a chance that the bacteria could be introduced to the blood. This will cause an infection that can lead to other parts of the body. The bacteria can reach the heart and cause a variety of different health problems.

Allergic reactions
Many people experience an allergic reaction when piercing their tongue, so make sure your teen uses the right kind of metal jewelry and the piercer uses a surgical-grade stainless steel tool to puncture the tongue.

So, if you do decide to let your teen pierce their tongue, we ask you to remember these risks and we also ask that you help your teen keep the piercing and tongue clean. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about tongue piercings, please call our office today at 801.224.6165. Our Dental Center team will be happy to help you in any way we can!