Having a tongue piercing can be a very popular way to express yourself and look unique. Although they are trendy, if you do not care for it properly, it can pose a threat to your overall health. Your mouth contains millions of bacteria, and infections can be quite common as a result of this piercing.
Your tongue is a very sensitive muscular organ in the mouth, so if the piercing goes wrong and your tongue swells up, it could close off your airway.
Another risk is cracking a tooth when you bite down too hard on your jewelry. Your teeth can become easily damaged due to the way the piercing repeatedly moves against your teeth. In extreme cases, getting your tongue pierced could lead to more serious infections such as hepatitis or endocarditis.
In general, many people do not experience any issues when it comes to tongue piercings. If you already have your tongue pierced, we suggest visiting us to ensure that there are no signs of swelling or red-streaked appearance around the piercing.
Thorough aftercare of your piercing is vital! Keep it clean and make sure to rinse your mouth after every meal. Be gentle and beware of the jewelry when you are talking and chewing. Lastly, make sure that you are continuing your regular oral routine. This will help your piercing to stay clean, healthy, and infection-free.
If you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions, contact us today at (760) 346-1414.