School is back in session in Woburn and teens will be telling their friends and sometimes even showing them what they did during the summer. In most instances everything will be just fine, but there will be times where your teen will have a wild idea, like getting a tongue piercing! When this happens, it’s important as a parent to understand the problems with oral piercing when it comes to health, which is why we are going to be giving you some of the widely popular dental problems your teen may suffer from if they decide to go through with getting an oral piercing.
Tongue piercings could leave your teen with:
- Fracture or chipped teeth
- Loss of taste
- Tooth loss
- Mouth Sores
Although there are many dental problems that could arise if your teen decides to get a tongue piercing, the most popular are infection and fractured teeth.
The worst part about a fracture tooth is that it can happen while talking, chewing, eating and sleeping, yes…sleeping. When a tooth becomes chipped, it may need a filling or a root canal, which eventually will lead to a crown.
Infections are prominent in individuals who have tongue piercings because the tongue is covered with bacteria. The more research is completed, the more dentists are realizing that oral infections are in fact related to many other infections in the body. For example, if the tongue piercing gets infected from tongue bacteria, that infection can then release into the bloodstream and travel down to the heart, causing bigger issues.
So, if you’re worried that your teen may want to get a tongue piercing, make sure you explain the downfalls to it too!