If you are considering piercing your tongue, think again. That little stud in your tongue can cause you problems with your teeth and mouth.
Tongues are typically pierced by running a needle through the front third of the tongue, from top to bottom. The first 3 days, you will notice swelling and salivation, as the mouth adjusts to a foreign body. After that, some say the worst is over. But studies say otherwise.
Tongue piercings or studs can cause bad breath. Pieces of food can stick to the stud or the stud itself that may cause bacteria growth and, therefore, bad breath. Tongue studs also impede the use of tongue cleaners or scrapers.
Meanwhile, the metal stud can cause your teeth to break. Some accidentally bite on their piercing. Those with the habit of playing with their stud by clenching or grinding against teeth have the risk of thinning out the enamel of their teeth causing teeth sensitivity and cracks. The repeated bumping of the stud against the gums can cause it to recede and cause gum disease.
Piercings are fashionable and to some symbolic. Before deciding to get one, consider the props and cons especially the long term effects on your body. Tongue piercings causes damage to the enamel of your teeth. Enamel, the hardest tissue in your body, is irreparable because it has no way to regenerate itself.
Should you be determined to get a piercing, take extra care of your teeth. Clean your jewelry everyday (which can be very tedious, taking it out of the tongue). Clean your tongue with a scraper to make sure there is no bacteria build up on the surface of your tongue. Do not build the habit of biting on the jewelry or scraping it against your gums.