The Side Effects of Tongue Piercings

Are you, or your child, thinking of getting a tongue piercing? Wondering if it will cause issues with your braces or after your braces are removed? According to the ADA (American Dental Society) as well as the AGD (Academy of General Dentistry), oral piercing are strongly discouraged.

When you have a tongue piercing, you will be inclined to play with it, which can lead to chips on teeth and can damage any existing restorative work. It can also cause a gap to form between the front teeth caused by the repetitive and constant pressure from playing with the jewelry, much like braces work to more your teeth into proper alignment with the use of specific and constant pressure. However, oral piercing work in the complete opposition of proper alignment and can create these gaps over time.  

The stud can also cause issues with your gums. With the continual contact of the piercing,  gums may recede which can expose the tooth’s root, increasing your sensitivity to temperatures, decay, and more invasive conditions. Blood vessel damage and nerve damage are also a concern, which can cause excessive bleeding, pain, and the possibility of developing a “numb” area.

Above all this, there is also the concern of infection as the piercing heals. It is imperative to keep the area clean, which can be a hard task since the mouth has a lot of bacteria, especially from infected teeth and periodontal disease. This bacteria can quickly enter your bloodstream. There have been reported cases of tetanus and hepatitis, so great oral hygiene is extremely important.  


None of these are pleasant side effects. Many people do enjoy oral piercings but they do not come without many possible side effects. If you have questions or concerns, speak with your general dentist and/or our orthodontist to see what their recommendations are. You can always call our office at 512-337-2325.

Posted on April 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

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