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If you’re a teenager, you might be thinking about whether or not to pierce your tongue. At the other spectrum, if you’re a parent, you might be hoping and praying that your innocent, lovely teenage daughter or son doesn’t come home one day with his or her tongue pierced.

No matter which situation you find yourself in, reading some of the top reasons not to pierce your tongue will benefit you or a loved one!

Top reasons NOT to pierce your tongue

  1. The need for gum surgery- Several patients have to seek additional dental help from a periodontist in order to fix the extensive damage done to his or her gums caused by a tongue barbell piercing.
  2. Can cause teeth to chip or break- Wearing a barbell tongue piercing can cause your teeth to chip or break. When this happens, you will have to get it fixed with a filling or a dental crown until the problem stops.
  3. The barbell can go down the wrong way- If the barbell ever comes unscrewed, there’s a chance you might swallow it; thereby heightening the chance of it getting lodged in your throat or lungs, or even causing internal tears to your intestines.
  4. Long-lasting nerve pain- There is evidence that tongue piercing can cause severe, long-lasting pain and discomfort. Is a pierced tongue really worth excruciating, long-lasting pain?
  5. Chance of contracting HIV or hepatitis- If you do not choose a piercing clinic that uses fully sterilized instruments, there’s no doubt that you are increasing your chances of contracting HIV or hepatitis.
  6. Chance of infection and/or death- Since your mouth is moist, it is often a breeding ground for bacteria. When you have your tongue pierced, you are increasing your chances of contracting an infection that can sometimes lead to death. Actually, your tongue consists of several blood vessels that can easily spread these deadly infections to your brain and other parts of your body.
  7. Potential to lose a significant amount of blood- During the process of getting your tongue pierced, there is a significant chance of rupturing the blood vessels located in your tongue. If this happens, it can cause significant blood loss, and you’d have to have the vessel closed surgically at the hospital. Furthermore, there is a chance that the person piercing your tongue can hit a nerve, producing extensive damage.

To pierce or not to pierce

As you can see, there are several dangers associated with getting your tongue pierced. As a teenager, you might be thinking that it will make you more cool, or you want to annoy your parents because you know they’ll hate it, or you want to get your tongue pierced because everyone else is.

Hopefully all of those reasons will fall by the wayside after reading this article!

If you are thinking about piercing your lip instead of your tongue, this can also increase your chances of needing gum surgery, and carries several other risks as mentioned above.

If you still want to decorate your mouth and stand out in the crowd, you can opt for tooth jewelry! That’s the safest route!


Consult with our professional dentists

If you or someone you know has been wondering whether or not to pierce your tongue, hopefully you’ve learned a lot about the reasons to not pierce your tongue! Overall, our Houston cosmetic dentists, Dr. Hedge and Dr. Frazar, want you to be healthy and to make smart decisions regarding your dental care.

If you have any questions about our services or expertise, we encourage you to call us today to schedule your consultation appointment!