Tongue piercing is done directly midway of the tongue. It is the most admired form of piercing after nostril and ear piercings. Over the last years, the trend has grown by a great percentage as many teenagers and youngsters decide to get one. Let us put trend and fashion away; it is among the most dangerous forms of piercing. Tongue piercing can result in fatal and common diseases as discussed below. After reading the dangers involved, sit yourself down and decide if you still want your tongue pierced.
Dangers of tongue piercing
- HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. If the jewelry and piercing materials used are not sterilized, one risks getting the above serious infections.
- Blood poisoning, in some extreme cases, one can suffer blood poisoning which leads to death.
- You might contract oral cancer which will mean death at the end of the day as well.
- You can suffer neuromas. This is explained as overgrowth of tissues, which result from a tongue piercing.
- Endocarditis is another resulting from a tongue piercing. It is explained as a bacteria that enters the bloodstream and damages the heart valves.
- Brain Abscess is another risky disease that could result from tongue piercing, though not common it happens to some people and it is risky as well.
- Many people suffer teeth related problems after getting their tongue pierced. You can either suffer damaged teeth, in the form of cracked or fractured teeth and a broken tooth. The jewelry used keeps on rubbing the tongue and teeth as one eats or even when asleep. When such happens for some time, it leads to the decomposing of the enamel. With a decomposed enamel your teeth will with either fall or break. You might suffer teeth sensitivity as well.
- Gum diseases. When the jewelry comes into contact with the gum tissue, it might result in recession or gum injury. With a sick gum, you might suffer tooth loss or loose teeth.
- You might not be able to speak clearly, feel difficulties in chewing and swallowing food. With the jewelry on, a lot of salivae is produced hence the above problems. You could suffer temporary or permanent drooling and changes in taste as a result of excess saliva.
- Some people are allergic to metal, if so, you will suffer a hypersensitivity reaction known as allergic contact dermatitis.
- Bad breath. This is another common problem that might occur from tongue piercing. Bacteria might grow and spread in your mouth because of the jewelry. With that, you might suffer bad breath.