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You may be thinking about getting your tongue pierced to join the millions of other people expressing their individuality. A tongue ring may be trendy, but there are some things to consider before you make the decision.

The act of piercing your tongue can be dangerous. If it is done incorrectly, it could damage a nerve or pierce a blood vessel, leading to severe bleeding. Your tongue could swell as a reaction to the piercing making it difficult for you to eat, speak or breathe. The stud may continually make contact with your front teeth, which can chip or fracture your teeth. It could also cause a gap in your front teeth over time.

Then there is the risk of infection. A tongue ring can increase your risk of contracting hepatitis, herpes, or even endocarditis, which is an inflammation of your heart valves. There is also the chance that pieces of the stud can break off and create a choking hazard.

Before you decide to take the plunge, why not talk it over with our dentist, Dr. Robert A. McCulla first? You should be aware of the risks of piercing your tongue, and understand what you need to do to keep your mouth health after the piercing. For more information about tongue piercing in the Turlock, California, area, call 209-667-7889 to plan your visit to Turlock Dental Care.