Mark R. Maher, DDS
Walnut Creek, CA

Can tongue or mouth-area piercings really affect my oral health?

While piercing your tongue or lip may seem cool, you could actually inadvertently be doing permanent damage to your teeth and gums -- even if the piercings are only worn for a short amount of time.

Some of the damage we have seen caused by mouth piercings includes:

  • Receding gums
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Periodontitis and other forms of gum disease
  • Tears to fragile tissue
  • Nerve damage, especially as a result of tongue piercings
  • Tooth loss

Dr. Maher does not recommend piercings in the facial area. Clothing and hair are better ways to express your unique personality and fashion sense without risking permanent damage!

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