Pierced tongue could lead to gaps between teeth

August 6th, 2010 - 8:23 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Aug 6 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Thinking of piercing your tongue? It might not be that fun after all.

A 26-year-old woman required a treatment because she had a very large space between her teeth. The woman visited the Buffalo School of Dental Medicine’s orthodontic clinic after a large gap developed between her upper front teeth. The gap was not there seven years ago, prior to the piercing of her tongue.

Seven years ago, the woman pierced her tongue. After the piercing, the woman developed the habit of pushing the stud against her upper front teeth, a habit that over the years caused the gap to develop.

The problem with tongue piercing is that, if the stud is removed, the tongue can heal the opening, so it is required that you constantly wear the stud. This requirement aided the woman to open her upper front teeth up.

The hospital managed to treat the woman with some braces that will keep the gap between her teeth closed. “The barbell is never removed because the tongue is so vascular that leaving the stud out can result in healing of the opening in the tongue, so it makes perfect sense that constant pushing of the stud against the teeth — every day with no break — will move them or drive them apart,” according to study author Sawsan Tabbaa, who is an assistant professor of orthodontics.

But the doctors warned that the best way to protect your health is to avoid piecing your tongue totally.

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