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Tongue piercings increase your risk of brain infections.

Posted Oct 19 2009 10:05pm

tongue piercing The newest fashion obsession of tongue piercing is associated with tongue infections, tooth fractures, periodontal (gum) disease, heart problems, respiratory tract disease, a higher risk of deadly brain abscesses, and even death.

1. “There are many potential complications, ranging from pain and swelling to chipped or cracked teeth. Patients who have oral piercings can also suffer receding gums and prolonged bleeding,” said Damien Walmsley, scientific adviser to the British Dental Association.

2. “You’re sticking a metal object through both sides of the tongue and what that’s going to do is obviously create a pathway via which bacteria from the mouth, from the saliva, which is pretty grubby, can gain access to the tongue and then spread through the tongue through to some other tissues,” said lead researcher Hans Zola.

3. According to a case reported in the Archives of Neurology, a 22-year-old man died from multiple brain abscesses weeks after getting his tongue pierced, indicating that people with oral piercings are more likely to develop fatal infections.
Oral piercings place you at an increased risk of infection, particularly due to poor hygiene during the procedure or later-on at home, a condition which can spread from the site of the piercing to the brain and heart valve.

Scientists urge individuals to think twice before getting piercings and put their health before fashion. Don’t be a slave to fashion.

It’s all connected.

Saundra Goodman
Got Teeth? A Survivor’s Guide
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