Every day I get a large number of news stories in my inbox. Some from ModBlog readers (Botexty, Quinnchick and Nexizydrate, I’m looking at you), but mostly from google news alerts. The problem with google news alerts is sometimes I’ll get stories that are unrelated to mods completely. To give a quick example, every day, for the past few months, I’ve gotten at least one story regarding the casting choices for the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. While the original films are fantastic, I just want the US ones made so I don’t have to hear the latest Hollywood casting gossip.
While I do get unrelated stories all the time, I do get quite a few stories that are relevant, and some that are ModBlog worthy. Then, every once in a while, I get a story that makes my eyes roll. This is one of them.
Tongue piercing was a ritual tradition of the Maya and the Aztecs, ancient and — apparently — gap-toothed peoples. Now the dental cause and effect has been established: Those who choose to pierce their tongues run the risk of developing a gap between their teeth, says a report from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.
Lets just stop right there for a moment. A study was conducted to find out if someone put a piece of metal in their mouth, and over the course of several years of constantly pressing it against ones teeth, it would cause dental problems.
The case study, led by Sawsan Tabbaa, an assistant professor of orthodontics at the UB School of Dental Medicine, involved a 26-year-old female patient who had developed a large space between her upper front teeth. She’d had a barbell-shaped tongue stud inserted seven years earlier.
The patient reported “playing” on a daily basis with her stud — a term commonly used by people with tongue piercings to describe the habit of pushing the metal stud up against and between their upper front teeth. Over time, the patient’s front teeth separated, creating a gap large enough to permit her stud to push through.
The article basically goes on to pretty much state the obvious. It’s almost as if these people had never thought that metal + pressure = tooth movement. I wonder if they could invent something that could move the teeth to fix them. Like a metal bracing or something to slowly adjust the teeth over time.
Unfortunately this article will probably be cited repeatedly by people condemning oral piercings, not realizing that with proper care and awareness, the chance of a problem diminishes greatly.
We here at ModBlog feel much differently about piercings. Well, today is state the obvious day right? Anyway, here’s an recent addition to the tongue piercing galleries. The uploader is “9jlt-ajaaah”, and it was submitted to us from Tallinn, Estonia. I think the image sums up how I feel about people who think reporting the obvious can count as news.