dental downsides of tongue piercing

The Dental Downsides of Tongue Piercings

While tongue piercings might be visually attractive to some people, they can often result in more trips to your dentist. How can these appliances harm your teeth and gums? In order to make an informed decision, it is a good idea to look at some possible negative outcomes.

– Piercings make it more difficult to chew and swallow foods (particularly in the beginning).

– They can damage the enamel of your teeth.

– They could also contribute to gum disease and gingivitis.

“Tongue piercings interfere with eating, swallowing and speaking, and cause irritation and damage.”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.