People who sport a tongue piercing may be at an increased risk of poor dental health by harming their gums and breaking their teeth, according to some dentists.
James McCormick, a resident of Houston, Texas, recently spoke with KHou.com and admitted that his tongue piercing had broken all of his molars.
"However many you start out with, that's how many I broke," McCormick told the news provider.
Dr. Greg Condrey said people with such a piecing can also harm their gums the longer they have it in their mouths.
"It's like waxing a car," Condrey told the website. "If you wax, wax it too hard and you're gonna wax right through the paint."
A past study has found people with tongue piercings, especially the long-stemmed barbells, who wear them for two or more years may have a 35 percent chance of gum recession. The findings came from a study that examined 52 young adults.
Dr. Dimitris Tatakis, who coauthored the study, said the research suggested the tooth chipping was a "result of habitual biting of the barbell."
Poor dental care, if left untreated, has been linked to serious health issues in the future that include heart disease and diabetes.
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