So, you’ve decided to pierce your tongue?

It might seem like a harmless enough choice to make however, it can have some serious dental consequences. Possibly resulting in more pain than the initial piercing itself.

Following are some of the risks involved:

* Chipped teeth – this frequently occurs whilst talking, eating, sleeping and chewing or playing with the jewellery. The chip or fracture may occur in the surface enamel or can go deeper – this could require a root canal or extraction of the tooth.

* Swelling and restricted airways – as you would expect, it is common for the tongue to swell after being pierced. However, there are also extreme cases where the tongue can swell so severely that it actually cuts off the airway, preventing breathing.

* Infection – there are millions of bacteria living in the mouth, including all over the tongue. By puncturing the tongue, you could be allowing bacteria to enter the bloodstream, potentially leading to infections in other areas of the body. This includes the heart.

* Allergic reactions – certain metals can cause an allergic reaction in some people.

If you have decided to pierce your tongue, be sure to take good care of it and your oral health. Use an antiseptic mouthwash after every meal and remember to brush the jewellery as you do your teeth in order to prevent and remover any build-up.

Most importantly, see your dentist at the first sign of an issue!

Whether you are considering an oral piercing or already have one, make an appointment with your local dentist at Tindale Dental in Penrith for the best advice on your decision. Contact us today on (02) 4722 6115 or request an appointment online. We care about maintaining the best oral care for your situation!