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Oklahoma Rep. authors bill warning of dangers of tongue piercing

Sally Kern

OKLAHOMA CITY – The State House has unanimously passed a bill that would warn would-be clients of the dangers of tongue piercing.

Rep. Sally Kern has authored House Bill 3403 that would require the Oklahoma Board of Health to help

“Many of today’s young people are getting their tongue pierced, which is their right; however, they are doing so without the understanding of the health risks involved,” Kern said, R-Oklahoma City. “It is the job of the state to help ensure the safety and well-being of the health of its citizenry, as well as to protect the consumer.”

Kern said one of the most common dangers includes loss of teeth.

The Rep. said food can gather around the piercing and get digested by saliva which creates acid.

That acid then leeches minerals from teeth damaging them which could eventually lead to tooth loss.