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Tongue piercings can affect your smile and your overall health more than you might realize. There are four major problems that are associated with tongue piercings, and those issues are:

Chipped teeth
Fractured teeth are major dental problems that often occur because of tongue piercings. Many people tend to chip their teeth on their tongue jewelry when they eat, sleep, talk, and chew. Once the tooth is fractured, it could require a dental filling, root canal, or tooth extraction.

Swelling
It is very common for the tongue to swell after it has been pierced. However, sometimes the swelling gets so bad that it blocks the airways. This is very dangerous because it prevents breathing. Oftentimes, doctors need to pass a breathing tube through the nose until the swelling subsides.

Infection
Infections are also common side effects of tongue piercings because the tongue is covered in bacteria. When the tongue is punctured, it introduces the bacteria to the blood, giving it a chance to enter the bloodstream and transfer to other areas of the body.

Allergic reactions
Many people are allergic to specific types of metals. When the piercer punctures the tongue with one of those metals, an allergic reaction develops, which is very dangerous. An allergic reaction can also develop if you use an oral jewelry that is made of the same type of metal.

Now that you know all about the issues associated with tongue piercings, we hope that you choose to keep your tongue in one piece. Dr. Cory Williams and our team at Cory Williams, DDS care about you and your health, and we want you to have the best experience possible. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about tongue piercings, please call 910-763-1072 today and talk to our friendly dental team. We are happy to help you!