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Metal tongue studs ‘could cause infections and a need for emergency dentistry’

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Could metal tongue studs cause illness and emergency dentistry?Wearing metal tongue studs could cause infections as well as a need for emergency dentistry, a new study has found.

According to scientists at the Innsbruck Medical University in Austria, steel piercings harbour more bacteria than plastic ones, which could cause serious illnesses.

In the study, to be published in the Journal of Adolescent Medicine, 67 of the 80 species of bacteria that caused disease were found on metal studs worn by participants.

A quarter of the subjects with piercings also had receding gum tissues behind their teeth where the stud had come into contact with them, while a number had chipped teeth.

Professor Stephen Porter, institute director at UCL Eastman Dental Institute, recently said piercings could crack off fillings and parts of the upper teeth, causing a need for emergency dentistry.

"I don't think it's the most sensible thing to do," he commented, adding that there is also a threat of blocked airways.
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Checking about piercings first ‘could reduce need for emergency dentistry’

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Tongue piercings could cause you to require emergency dentistry.People intending to have their tongue pierced should do their research first in order to avoid a need for emergency dentistry.

This is the recommendation of Celebrities with Diseases, which warned that badly-placed studs can cause infections by rubbing against the teeth and wearing down the enamel.

Although this can be corrected with a quick filling, the advice portal stated that “in deeper fractures a root canal procedure or even removal of the tooth is needed”.

The article concluded that it is wise to discuss any possible piercings with a dentist first, as they will let patients know things that could cause future problems.

This comes after a recent warning from Professor Stephen Porter, institute director at UCL Eastman Dental Institute, who advised against tongue piercings completely.

“The stud can crack off fillings, particularly in the upper jaw, crack off cusps on the inner aspect of the upper teeth,” he explained. “I don’t think it’s the most sensible thing to do.”

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Anna Paquin removed tongue stud to avoid emergency dentistry

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A tongue stud could have led to Anna Paquin seeking emergency dentistry.True Blood star Anna Paquin has revealed she had to take her tongue stud out in a bid to avoid having to have emergency dentistry.

The actress, who has posed in a risqué naked photoshoot for Rolling Stone magazine together with Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard, said she had ten piercings altogether.

Although this included her tongue as well as several in her ears and belly button, she revealed her tongue was the wrong shape to accommodate the stud.

“The webbing is too close to the front and the bottom barbell kept hitting against my teeth – clank, clank, clank,” Paquin commented.

After realising the jewellery was giving her a lisp as well as threatening to create a need for emergency dentistry, she said she took it out and let the piercing heal.

Earlier this month, Professor Stephen Porter, institute director at UCL Eastman Dental Institute, said tongue piercings could crack off fillings, cause blocked airways and cause gaps in the teeth.
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People with tongue piercings again warned over emergency dentistry risk

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Having your tongue pierced could lead to you needing emergency dentistry.People who choose to have their tongue pierced have again been warned about the potential risk of needing emergency dentistry in the future.

Earlier this month, a study by New York’s University of Buffalo found those who push the stud against their teeth could eventually develop a need for invisible braces, as it may create large gaps.

Now, Professor Stephen Porter, institute director at UCL Eastman Dental Institute, has said piercings could also cause a range of other dental problems.

“The stud can crack off fillings, particularly in the upper jaw, crack off cusps on the inner aspect of the upper teeth,” he explained. “I don’t think it’s the most sensible thing to do.”

Professor Porter also said having this part of the body pierced could also cause blocked airways, as the tongue is a muscle that will react to trauma.

The NHS website also warns it could cause significant blood loss and the chipping away of tooth enamel.

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