Find the Best Plan in Your Area
Find The Right Dentist For You
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.
For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353
© 2009 Brafton Inc.
The materials and articles published on DentalPlans.com are for informational purposes only. Although DentalPlans.com strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. DentalPlans.com does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and DentalPlans.com makes no commitment to update the information on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on DentalPlans.com. Decisions based on information contained on DentalPlans.com are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold DentalPlans.com and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.
Nothing on DentalPlans.com constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. DentalPlans.com assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to DentalPlans.com with or without DentalPlans.com’s knowledge.