June 25, 2018
by Medical Xpress
There is an association between tongue piercings and periodontal inflammation, according to two studies presented at EuroPeri9, the annual meeting of the European Federation of Periodontology, held from June 20 to 23 in Amsterdam.
Clemens Walter, from the University of Basel in Switzerland, and colleagues examined the correlation between oral piercings and periodontal health or inflammation in 18 patients with a tongue and/or lip piercing. The researchers found that for the 14 patients with a tongue piercing, compared with teeth not affected by the piercing, the percentages of sites with bleeding on probing, attachment loss ≥6 mm, probing depths ≥6 mm, and gingival recessions were more often increased in teeth with close proximity to the piercings.
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