The newest studies and research support the risks of tongue and oral piercings.
Recent evidence of severe infections, fatalities and septic shock have added to the mountains of reports of the detrimental affects of tongue and oral piercings. Studies published from the University of Buffalo, and the University of Brazil support these findings. The American Dental association has published a position statement as follows:
Oral piercings, which involve the tongue( the most common site),cheeks,lips,uvula,or a combination of sites, have been implicated in a number of adverse oral and systemic conditions. Because of its potential for numerous negative sequelae , the American Dental Association opposes the practice of intraoral/perioral piercing and tongue splitting.
Here at Boynton Laser Center, Dr. Harvey Shiffman counsels his patients about the risks and dangers of tongue piercings, and other oral modifications.