The Ever-Growing List of Why Tongue-Piercings Aren’t So Cool

Tongue piercings may look cool, but they can really hurt your teeth and gums. To date, the main problems reported have been infection, gum damage, tooth breakage and orthodontic issues. Now we can add one more to the list: a greater potential for dental and other disease. According to a study recently published in the …

Monday Morning Funny: Mind the Gap

The Onion asks, “What do you think” about the young woman who caused a diastema (a gap) between her front teeth by playing with her tongue stud.     “If you’re going to put something roundish and irritating on your tongue for that long, why not make it a microscopic pebble? At least you’ll eventually …

Gum Disease – Alzheimer’s Link & Other News of Note

New Evidence Supports Link Between Gum Inflammation and Alzheimer’s Disease (PhysOrg) NYU dental researchers have found the first long-term evidence that periodontal (gum) disease may increase the risk of cognitive dysfunction associated with Alzheimer’s disease in healthy individuals as well as in those who already are cognitively impaired. * * * “The research suggests that …

Pierced Tongue Damage & Other News of Note

Tongue Stud “Brain Fatality Risk” (BBC) Deadly brain abscesses should be added to the list of risks of having a tongue piercing, say doctors. Archives of Neurology reports how a 22-year-old man who died in hospital following multiple brain abscesses weeks after getting his tongue pierced. The man’s Israeli doctors warn infection can spread in …