Tongue piercings aren’t a new thing by a long shot, however, more and more people are opting for them today. Different types of body modification trends come and go but general piercings and tattoos always seem to remain popular. Here are some of the dangers that tongue piercings can have on your oral health and why you should speak to an expert Glasgow dentist before going ahead with it.

Types of Tongue Piercings

There are many different types of oral piercings, two of the most common types of tongue piercings include;

Tongue Bar

The most popular and most common type of tongue piercing is the stud. This is a barbell piercing that goes directly through the tongue, some people opt for multiple tongue studs. Tongue studs come in a huge selection of colours, shapes and sizes, making them a great choice for anyone wanting to change up their look and have that added versatility.

Tongue Ring (Lingual Frenulum Piercing)

Lingual frenulum piercing’s (also known as a web piercing) are also very common. This piercing is generally in the form of a ring and goes through the lingual frenulum, which is a thin membrane that connects the tongue to the bed of the mouth.

Dangers of Tongue Piercings

Some of the different types of damage that can be caused due to tongue piercings include;

Tooth Movement

For many people who get their tongue pierced, they will not remove the piercing very often and will not remove it for extended periods of time. This is mainly because the piercing would likely close up pretty quickly without something keeping it open. People also get so used to it being a part of them that they don’t remove them as it becomes part of their personal style. This can create constant pressure on the back on the teeth which, over time, can cause teeth to shift and be pushed out of place. This can also create gaps in teeth, even if they weren’t there before.

Although this is a condition called diastema and can happen to people who do not have oral jewellery, it is more likely to happen with people who do.

Cracking and Chipping

Hitting or bumping anything hard off of your teeth is not good for them and metal jewellery is no exception. For people with new tongue piercings, it is extremely common for them to come into contact with their teeth whilst they are eating and talking, especially as they adjust to the foreign object in their mouth. This can cause a number of problems, including the chipping away of enamel on the tooth’s surface, which can lead to the sensitive layers of dentine and pulp to become vulnerable. Biting down too hard on the piercing can cause teeth to chip and crack. Sometimes this mat even results in problems that only root canal treatment can fix. If you have an oral piercing and are experiencing sore, cracked, chipped or extremely sensitive teeth, then contact your Glasgow dentist ASAP.

Bacterial Infections

As with any piercing, there is a chance that a tongue piercing will become infected. This is made slightly more prevalent based on where the piercing is in your body – your mouth. You are most likely to experience an infection in the first few weeks of getting your oral piercing. However, secondary infections can lead to illnesses such as;

  • Blood-borne hepatitis
  • Angina
  • Herpes

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When to Speak to Your Glasgow Dentist

The ideal situation is to speak to a Glasgow dentist before you get your tongue piercing, they may advise against it but ultimately should be able to give you advice on the safest practices when it comes to getting and maintaining an oral piercing with your teeth in mind.

If you already have a tongue piercing and have been experiencing problems, then get in contact with your Glasgow dentist as soon as possible. A major dental emergency may be just around the corner.

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