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Tongue piercings are more common today than ever before. If you are considering getting your tongue pierced or already have it pierced, you may be wondering whether it will affect your sense of taste. The truth is that other than destroying the few taste buds that your tongue replaces and goes through, a tongue piercing really shouldn’t have much of an affect on your sense of taste.

It is important to keep in mind that there are good piercings and bad piercings. Good piercings are those that are comprised of non-reactive metals such as stainless steel or gold. The should not react with food chemicals or affect your sense of taste. Bad piercings, which we like to refer to as cheap piercings like copper may have an affect on your taste buds. It may leave a strange taste in your mouth when you eat certain foods.

Here at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we strongly encourage our patients to be selective in the type of tongue piercings they receive. They should opt for non-reactive metals like stainless steel or gold and make it a top priority to take excellent care of their tongue and piercing. If you have a tongue piercing or are planning on getting one, brush and floss your teeth daily to keep your mouth as clean as possible and reduce your risk of infection.

Also, refrain from playing with your piercing in your mouth as doing so may damage your teeth and gums. Lastly, ensure that the ends of your piercing are attached correctly and check them every day to keep them in place.

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For more information on tongue piercings and how they may affect your taste buds and oral health, contact our office. Call us 703-439-1214 today.