Teenagers often view tongue piercings as a way to express their individuality. While parents may view such piercings as temporary and less visible, tongue piercings can actually be incredibly dangerous. Our pediatric dentists, along with the American Dental Association (ADA), strongly advise against any type of oral piercing. We encourage you to get in touch with our office if you have questions or concerns about tongue piercings in Centerville, Utah, and to make an appointment for your child with Dr. Mark Nelson or Dr. Treagan White if they have a tongue piercing or are considering getting one.

Tongue piercings have a very serious affect on your oral and overall health. One of the first dangers associated with piercings is the many unlicensed piercing parlors. If your child visits an unlicensed piercing parlor, it greatly increases their risk of tetanus, tuberculosis and hepatitis. There are also a wide range of complications that may occur as a result of getting the piercing. These complications include:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Blood clots
  • Blood poisoning
  • Brain abscesses
  • Chronic pain
  • Damaged nerves
  • Fractured or cracked teeth
  • Heart infections
  • Hypersensitivity due to the metal bar
  • Periodontal disease
  • Gum recession
  • Scarring
  • Difficulty enunciating and speaking normally

Long-term problems caused by tongue piercing include increased risk of tooth decay, periodontal disease and infection, as well as the possibility of the piercing tangling around the tongue or teeth and ripping out of the tongue.

For more information about tongue piercing, and to schedule an appointment with our pediatric dentists, call us today at 801-295-8322.