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Tongue Piercing

Tongue Piercing

There has been an upsurge in the amount of teenagers getting tongue piercings.  Teenagers often view these piercings as a harmless expression of their growing individuality.  Oftentimes, parents allow teens to pierce their tongues because the metal bar is impermanent.  In addition, tongue bars are not as visually apparent as a tattoo or eyebrow piercing might be.

Unfortunately, tongue piercings can have a serious (even deadly) impact on health.  Dentists routinely advise adolescents to avoid intraoral or perioral piercings for a number of good reasons.

Why is tongue piercing harmful?

First, there are a growing number of unlicensed piercing parlors in throughout the country.  Such parlors have been recognized as potential transmission vectors for tetanus, tuberculosis, and most commonly – hepatitis.  Second, a great number of painful conditions can result from getting a tongue piercing (even in a licensed parlor).  These conditions include:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Blood clots
  • Blood poisoning
  • Brain abscess
  • Chronic pain
  • Damaged nerves (trigeminal neuralgia)
  • Fractured/cracked teeth
  • Heart infections
  • Hypersensitivity reactions (to the metal bar)
  • Periodontal disease/gum recession
  • Problems enunciating
  • Scarring

What are the most common tongue piercing problems?

To pierce a tongue, the body piercer must first hold it steady with a clamp.  Next, a hollowed, pointed metal needle is driven through the tongue.  Finally, the piercer attaches the tongue bar to the bottom end of the needle and drags it upwards through the tongue.  Two metal screw-on balls are then used to secure the tongue bar.

Most commonly, severe pain and swelling are experienced for several days after the piercing episode.  Moreover, the new holes in the tongue are especially infection-prone, because the oral cavity is home to many bacteria colonies.  In the medium term, saliva production may increase as the body responds to a completely unnatural entity in the mouth.

Are there long-term problems associated with tongue piercing?

Long-term problems with tongue piercings are very common.  The screw-on balls constantly scrape against tooth enamel, making teeth susceptible to decay and gums susceptible to periodontal disease.  Soft tissue can also become infected in specific areas, as the tongue bar continues to rub against it.

If the tongue bar is inappropriately long, it can get tangled around the tongue or teeth.  In a similar way to an earring getting ripped out of the ear, a tongue bar can be ripped out of the tongue.  This is extremely painful, as well as difficult to repair.

In sum, the American Dental Association (ADA) advises against any type of oral piercing, as does your dentist.

If you are a concerned parent, or would like the dentist to speak with your teen about tongue piercing, please contact our office.

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Dan Snyder
21:21 06 Aug 20
Thank you Dr. Bowers and the entire Envision Staff. I was asked by Savannah if I’d had a cleaning and of course my... answer was yes, after receiving Savannah’s cleaning I realized I had not had a cleaning, at least one like the one I received today. It was by far the most thorough cleaning I have ever had. Additionally, Savannah took the time to show me the things I was doing incorrectly that led to the issues I was having and how to avoid them in the future. I’ve been doing it wrong all along, and had no idea. No one had ever told/ showed me this. Savannah physically showed me how to do this, Didnt just explain, that was a great method that is sure to give us the desired results. Dr Bowers follow up included a plan to continue on the right path, and made me feel better about learning I was never shown the proper way, I saw my mouth in a different light today, quite enlightening, and Very educational, I don’t recall learning any of this at my prior visits to other dentists. I was impressed the beautiful office and friendly staff who all participated in my visit. I can’t wait for my next visit? I honestly can’t, who says that? Thank you Dr. Bowers and team for this plan for the best oral health possible! Sincerely, Dan Snyderread more
Heather Elamon
Heather Elamon
21:44 09 Jul 20
The staff are always so caring and sweet. Very informative and patient. I have high anxiety when dealing with dental... procedures and they're always so helpful and accommodating. Dr. Bowers is seriously the best. She's so sweet and attentive. I am so thankful for everyone at Envision Dental!read more
Lee Noga
Lee Noga
23:09 06 Jul 20
I have severe PTSD from a cervical injection medical procedure accident that went wrong temporary paralyzing me from... ears down. I required cpr and assisted breathing until transport to hospital. Dr. Bowers came up with 9 hour treatment plan and medication sedation with nitrous over 2 visits. She built a team of top notch dental assistants, support staff, counselor, admin support ,oral surgeon and of course her part doing 3 crowns etc. It went flawless. I remember nothing. The attention to detail for patient comfort is the best care I ever recieved. The amount of staff time preparing and achieving case treatment goals is A+++++++ . A bed side manner we rarely experience. Dr. Bowers ability to handle high anxiety patients is a blessing to have in Central Fla. The entire practice has this zen and warmth vibe that carries thru to the end of your case. Dr. Bowers and her highly skilled staff gave me my smile back. They won my trust, and managed to not trigger my PTSD delivering the best dental care and comfort. They went above and beyond to protect and ensure I was physically and emotionally safe.read more
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Brenda Lear
23:22 25 Jun 20
Had my first cleaning since Covid 19 lockdown. The best yet and I have been going to this dentist for years. Their... very....I am sure....expensive equipment now installed to secure our safety was remarkable!!! As is the careful procedure to make sure each patient was never in touch with another. Well done Envision!read more
Stephanie Iseman
Stephanie Iseman
15:15 24 Jun 20
I called too see if the can pull a Tooth yes but we need to have anpointment 1 st no am in pain can’t u do it on the... same day. The ladie like only if she feels comfortable pulling it like what’s that mean I pay u. You pull it.read more
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mike long
17:43 18 Mar 20
I was referred to Envision Dental by my buddy Congo, and he said they were the best. So I came here for my cleaning... and he was right!!! Excellent staff, Beth took great care of me and Dr Bowers is Awesome. So I scheduled the rest of the family and my wife and daughters had their teeth cleaned by Savanah who was equally as professional and as thorough. I highly recommend them for anyone looking for a great Dentist!!!read more
Tina
Tina
17:43 06 Feb 20
I called this office at the advise of my coworkers. I was looking for a new dentist for my entire family. My original... contact was with Katrina, she was the kindest and most compassionate person I have spoken to in a dental office or really any offices. When I arrived to the beautifully decorated office, the compassion did not end with Katrina. Every person we had contact with was non judgmental and friendly. We have had 3 appointments so far, and each of our experiences were amazing. We have had both Savanah and Beth as our hygienists, and they were just as amazing. Then it came time to see Dr. Bowers, she made me feel like she had known me for years and I was family. I have already told everyone that they should give this office a try! I am not one for writing reviews, but this office and its staff all REALLY deserve mention!read more
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Johanna Itani
23:02 03 Feb 20
I cannot say enough about Dr. Aline Bowers and her staff, they are absolutely amazing and top on excellence in their... over all work ! I could not ask for better dental care as well as friendliness and just sincerity in all they do. It’s like having a family just for your teeth. April, Lisa, Katrina, Malinda and Macy are really and truly awesome. You ladies Rock ! Let’s not forget Dr. Craighead the oral surgeon, he is especially professional and knowledgeable as they all are.read more
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Ryan Hickman
18:14 29 Jan 20
Let me start by saying I DO NOT like going to the dentist. This was by far the best visit I’ve ever had. The honest... yet personable approach was amazing. From start to finish I’m impressed and I’m not as scared to go to the dentist any more.read more
Morgan S
Morgan S
17:24 10 Jan 20
Dr.Bowers and the entire staff at Envision Dental are so kind, and patient! The level of care I get here is better then... anywhere I’ve ever been! If you are looking for an honest, trustworthy and very skilled dentist I would highly recommend coming to Envision!read more
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SANDY Arc
21:33 08 Jan 20
I have been treating with Dr. Bowers At Envision Dental for a few years now. The office is clean and inviting. The... staff is welcoming and very friendly. Dr. Bowers is very professional but she also listens to the patient’s concerns. She was able to adjust and change my treatment schedule to work with my daughter‘s wedding. I highly recommend Envision Dental.read more
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Teri Bonaccorso
20:48 08 Jan 20
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