Piercings Can Cause Gum Bleeding and Other Dental Diseases

Body piercings, especially to the lips and tongue, can cause serious dental complications, such as gum bleeding and broken teeth, according to research conducted by the University of Tel Aviv.

In the study of 400 consecutive patients, who were aged 20 years on average, every fourth person with a piercing in the tongue or lips revealed symptoms such as gum bleeding.

Some 13.9 per cent had broken teeth or other dental complications, the study found.

Dental professionals were warned of the increasing number of patients with oral piercings and to provide appropriate guidance to patients regarding the health risks.

Studies have shown that people who have piercings in their mouth are much more likely to have injuries to their teeth and gums.

Of concern to health personnel are the associated risks, which include damage to dentition, infection, speech impediment and nerve damage.

The study found receding gums, a problem that can lead to tooth loss, in 35% of those who had pierced tongues for four or more years and in 50% who had worn the long-stemmed barbells for two or more years. Researchers say that during tongue movement, long-stemmed barbells are more likely to reach and damage the gums than short barbells.

Long-term lower lip piercings can lead to tooth loss, according to a German dental organization.

If the back of the piercing pushes against the gums, it can wear them down and lead to bone decay, says proDente, a Cologne-based organization of dentists, dental technicians and industrial and dental suppliers.

Given information recommend you discuss potential risk factors with your dentist before mouth piercing. Taking precautions now will increase your chance of keeping your teeth for a lifetime.

  • http://www.dental-plan-providers.com Cory from Dental Heroes

    While tongue rings may be “cool” looking, they do more harm than good. In fact, other than for aesthetic appeal, they are useless. The constant clicking of the ring with teeth is the main cause of tooth injury in my opinion.

  • http://worldental.org WorlDental.org

    It has also many other negative effects, like dulling the sense of taste.

  • Brie

    i had no idea that gum receding could happen from a tongue ring.. i went to the dentist today and they noticed that on the inside of my lower bottom teeth (mostly one tooth) were receding & if it were to get worse i would have to have a gum graph done!! removing tissue from the rouff of my mouth!! i have had my tongue ring for 5 years! & today is the last day!!… I wish i would have know this befor i got it… but at least the caught it before it got really bad..

  • Valerie Johnson

    I’m having the same exact problem! I’ve had my tongue pierced for 10 years and my gums on the inside are very damaged! I haven’t been to the dentist yet, so I don’t know how bad it is. I noticed it when my baby son tossed a cup and hit my mouth. My gums stated to bleed very badly with just a little bump! I looked at my gums on the inside and noticed they had receded. On one tooth it’s way down the root! Needless to say I took out the piercing, but is it too late? Is the damage already done??