The Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) releases statement on oral piercing and tongue splitting
30 Aug 2018
Cosmetic body modification has been increasing in popularity for a number of years, and research has suggested that as many as 10% of adults in England haven had some form of body piercing.
Tongue or lip piercings are well known forms of oral body modification, while other more extreme procedures include tongue splitting, where the tongue is cut in half to create a distinctive “forked” effect. However, cosmetic body modification is contentious as the risk of adverse consequences is often high, and it has been the subject of significant political and legal debate in recent months.
Read the full joint statement here.