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Are you considering getting your tongue pierced? It may seem like a great idea to stand out in a crowd and to express yourself. However, it is not without its risks, and you need to understand those risks before you decide to go ahead and get your piercing.

For example, if your piercing is not done correctly, it can damage the nerves in your tongue or rupture a blood vessel. If the bleeding from your piercing is heavy or does not stop, you need to visit the emergency room right away. If the right sterilization procedures are not followed, you can develop a serious infection, and could be open to several types of hepatitis. Your tongue could swell as a result of the infection or from the piercing, which can make eating and speaking difficult and can even block your airway. You will have to be careful not to let your tongue stud strike your teeth since it can chip your teeth, or create gaps in your smile. You will also have to take special steps to clean your piercing to avoid infections or complications.

A tongue-piercing may seem like a good idea, but you should really talk with one of our dentists, Drs. Nguyen and Doan first. The dentist will help you to understand the risks involved, and the oral care you will need if you decide to go ahead with your oral piercing in Houston, Texas. If you are considering getting your tongue pierced, your next call should be to Smile Image Dentists at 281-759-1277 for a consultation.