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Tongue piercing is not so cool!

A study says that wearing a tongue stud may be responsible for you growing a ?second? tongue.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2006 11:08 IST

It may help you build the impression of being really ‘cool’, but a new study has shown that wearing a tongue stud not only puts you at a risk for chipped teeth, recessed gums, and nerve damage, but that it may also be responsible for you growing a ‘second’ tongue.

The study, led by Ellis Neiburger, DDS at the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), found that not only can an oral piercing place people at risk for developing a fatal infection, it can also lead to them developing mini tongue, a scar tissue formation that develops adjacent to the piercing.

Melvin K. Pierson, DDS, FAGD, and AGD spokesperson, said that people often fail to see the relationship between piercing and tooth fractures.

“I see a lot of damage caused by piercing tooth fractures, tooth chips. Patients don’t see the relation between them and piercing, which weakens the tooth. The damage is almost always in the pre-molars, the middle teeth, almost parallel to the piercing. The best way to prevent damage is to not get your tongue pierced,” he said.

“I don’t recommend piercing. Because of the risks associated with this unregulated procedure, if someone is considering an oral piercing, he or she should discuss it with their medical or dental professional,” he added.

The researchers also warned that unclean piercing equipment can cause other infections, such as bloodborne hepatitis.

The study was published in the January/February 2006 issue of General Dentistry.

First Published: Mar 17, 2006 11:08 IST