Tongue Piercings 101

June 9, 2022

While oral piercings can look cool, they do carry some risks. Like with any piercing, infections and swelling can occur. In some cases, you could even break your tooth if you bite down too hard on the piercing. Repeatedly clicking the piercing against your teeth can also cause damage. A tongue piercing can be a fun form of self-expression but it’s best to do some research before hand to better understand the risks associated with this piece of jewelry.

Oral Health Problems Associated With Tongue Piercings

Before committing to getting your tongue pierced, consider:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Oral complications, like chipped or cracked teeth, and gum damage 
  • Pain and swelling, especially in the first few days after the procedure
  • Numbness around the tongue, which is usually temporary after getting the piercing 
  • Skin infections that might cause redness and pain
  • Scarring on the tongue
  • Excessive drooling due to increased saliva production 
  • Bloodborne diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV
  • Tearing or trauma from jewelry accidentally ripping out
  • Dental appointment complications as the jewelry can get in the way of x-ray scans

How To Take Care Of Your Piercing

If you already have an oral piercing, there are some healthy habits you can practice to avoid the oral health issues listed above. These include: 

  • Brushing twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
  • Flossing daily
  • Using a mouth rinse after every meal
  • Visiting the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings
  • Checking the tightness of the jewelry periodically to avoid swallowing or choking on the dislodged jewelry
  • Contacting the dentist immediately if you notice any signs of infection—pain, swelling, fever, chills or extreme redness around the piercing.

Have more questions about oral piercings or anything else related to your oral health? We would love to speak with you! Book your appointment at Kildonan Crossing Dental Centre today. Not a registered patient at our clinic? We accept new patients. You can book an appointment with us in person or virtually. Find us at the northwest corner of Lagimodiere Boulevard and Regent Avenue in Winnipeg.