Tongue Piercing: Is it Dangerous?
Tongue piercing is not a trend now, because it can almost be regarded as an old-fashioned procedure. However, even today, youngsters do pierce their tongues, and unfortunately, this procedure might have several health complications.
It is true, a few people choose tongue piercing because it helps them correct some speech issues, but for others it might cause slurred speech.
There are just too many health dangers that might surface because of tongue piercing:
You need to understand that the tongue is an organ covered with bacteria and through piercing it, you actually “open up” a door for those bacteria to enter the bloodstream. People with tongue piercing must respect some very strict oral health practices.
People with already underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart conditions or joint replacements might be even more exposed to these infections. Several dentists have reported that the number of patients with tongue piercings developing a condition known as Ludwig’s angina, is on the rise. This condition is an extremely severe infection of the jaw and the mouth tissue.
The greatest danger: oral cancer
People with piercings are exposed to constant irritation of the mouth tissue, from the piercings themselves. There might be several ulcers formed, which could eventually lead to precancerous ulcers, and then to cancerous ulcers. Seeing the dentist regularly for checkups is extremely important for people with tongue piercings.
Fractures and broken teeth.
Those who have piercings might easily fracture or chip their teeth. This might happen while sleeping, eating, talking or chewing the food. The enamel of the tooth is sensitive, and people who deliberately or accidentally bite on their tongue jewelry, might destroy the natural protector of some of their teeth, the enamel.
Unfortunately, some people will choose a very low quality tongue piercing jewelry, and this might cause several allergic reactions. The piercing jewelry should always be made of the best quality surgical grade stainless steel.
It might happen that at the site of the piercing the patient will start feeling numb, and this might even be the result of permanent nerve damage.
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