Dental Opinions, Oral piercing and tongue jewelry place athletes at a higher risk for dental and medical injury
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, oral piercing and tongue jewelry place athletes at risk for serious medical and dental consequences. Dentist advise when playing sports to wear a mouth-guard now they are strongly advising to take out the tongue rings and barbells.
In a survey, 24 percent of pediatric dentists reported that they had treated patients with complications resulting from oral piercing. Common problems include bleeding, airway restriction and chemical burns from the use of post piercing care products. After the piercing is healed, damage to teeth and gums is common in addition damage to teeth by tongue jewelry is another danger intensified by participating in contact sports.