Dec 26, 2012 -- 5:36pm

Ouch! Wearing to tongue stud can gradually produce a large gap between the upper front teeth and that can require expensive braces to fix, warn University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine experts. Dr. Sawsan Tabbaa treated a 26 year old woman who developed a gap after wearing a barbell shaped stud for seven years. The woman had developed the habit of pushing the stud against her teeth. "The barbell is never removed because the tongue is a so vascular that leaving to stud out can result in healing of the opening in the tongue, so it makes perfect sense that constant pushing of the stud against the teeth will drive them apart," says Dr. Tabbaa. "The best way to protect your health, your teeth and your money is to avoid tongue piercing."

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