Will getting my tongue pierced harm my teeth?

Q: Will getting my tongue pierced harm my teeth?

A: Unfortunately tongue piercing can be very harmful to your teeth, gums and other parts of your body… including your brain!

A recent study reveals that some people with tongue piercings have actually developed gaps between their upper front teeth from repeatedly tapping their tongue studs against the back of their teeth. This unconscious habit causes the teeth to slowly move apart. More seriously, the hard jewelry can also chip or crack the teeth, and there have even been cases of infected tongue piercings leading to brain abscesses.

To quote professor Sawsan Tabbaa of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, “The best way to protect your health, your teeth and your money is to avoid tongue piercing.”

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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