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The Dangers Of Tongue Piercings

by Randy Rodriguez

Tongue piercing is extremely popular amongst today's youth. In fact, even many people from the more mature generations are deciding to get their tongues pierced. The jewelry ranges from basic to flashy and even glow in the dark. If you have been thinking about having your tongue pierced, you should look into the possible dangers and potential problems that come with having your tongue pierced. This article will cover some of the more common problems that can come from getting your tongue pierced so you can decide whether or not you should go through with it.

You can suffer nerve damage

It's possible that the needle will hit a nerve and cause permanent nerve damage. This can cause you to have a numb tongue that affects the way you speak, eat, taste foods and even know whether or not foods are hot or cold. The nerve damage can be permanent and something you will have to learn to live with.

You can get an infection

Your mouth harbors a lot of germs and bacteria. This makes it extremely easy for your tongue piercing to become infected, even if you do your best to keep the piercing clean.

Your tongue will swell

Tongue swelling is something that's to be expected when you get it pierced. This is why the first piece of jewelry they put in your tongue will be quite long; to provide extra room for the swelling. Sometimes the swelling can be more than you or the piercer bargained for and this can lead to the jewelry becoming embedded in your tongue. Immediate medical attention is needed if this happens.

You can chip or even break your teeth

Having a metal piece of jewelry in your mouth puts you at risk for chipping or breaking your teeth. The post on tongue jewelry is long enough to cause you to accidentally bite down on it. Also, the metal ball on the end can hit up against the back of your teeth.

Your gums can recede

Your tongue jewelry will rub against your gums and the back of your teeth almost constantly. This will eventually cause your gums to recede away from your teeth.

If you feel you are experiencing health problems from your piercing, get medical attention immediately. If you experience dental problems from your piercing, you will need to seek treatment from a dentist in your area to repair the damage. Any time you feel there is an issue from your tongue piercing, the first thing you want to do is to remove the piece of jewelry, if you can. 

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