Before going into these interesting and fascinating facts about Tongue Piercings, it’s important we give those at the back of the class some basic education on what Piercing and Tong Piercing is all about.
Body Piercing: It’s a form of body modification, is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which jewelry may be worn, or where an implant could be inserted.
Tongue Piercing: A tongue piercing is a Body Piercing usually done directly through the center of the tongue. Since its decline in popularity around 2011, it has seen a recent upsurge making it now the second most popular piercing amongst young women aged 18-30 in 2019. It remains unpopular amongst men. Standard tongue piercings, or one hole in the center of the tongue, is the most common and safest way to have the tongue pierced.
The next thing we’re going to do is to educate y’all on the different types of Tongue piercing being done currently in 2019
Types of Tongue Piercings:
1-Midline Tongue Piercing
2-Side Tongue Piercing
3-Snake Eyes Piercing
4-Horizontal/ Vertical Tongue Piercing
5-Frenulum Linguae Piercing
Stick around, in our subsequent blog post we’ll give you a full intro to all the above listed types of Tongue Piercings and their pain levels, alongside Effects, risks and everything you need to know about them.
- The Tongue Piercing is a very dangerous piercing, and before doing it, you need to know everything about, or better still get second third guesses to help you out in the decision making.
- Getting a tongue piercing is not as painful as imagined. The safest place to pierce the tongue is in the midline. The piercing is made as swiftly as possible with a cannula needle. Before piercing, the piercerwill examine the tongue, paying attention to the location of blood vessels. It is crucial to get the tongue piercing done by a qualified and professional body piercer. The importance of this cannot be overemphasized.
- The tongue is expected to swell to up to double its size after piercing. This is uncomfortable and essentially quite painful, especially when moving the tongue as is the case during speaking and eating. However, this is only temporary. To reduce the pain and swelling associated with new tongue piercings, it is advisable to suck on cool iceor drink chilled beverages. Alternatively, a number of people find taking anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. It is also advisable to keep your head well positioned i.e. above the level with your heart at all times. You can keep your head elevated at night by sleeping on several pillows. Swelling is expected to reduce in about three days and will subside completely in seven to eight days. When the piercing is new, a liquid diet is more fitting. However, after the first five days there should be no difficulty in eating solid food.
- There is a misconception that due to food chewed, exposure to germs and dirt, and constant oral bacteria that the mouth is a dirty place and that tongue piercing are prone to numerous infections. However, the presence of saliva acts as a deterrent for infections. The mouth reacts to the invasion of foreign bodies in the mouth cavity by increasing production of saliva, which contains powerful enzymes like LAPand Ptyalin. For this reason, you should expect an increase in saliva after getting a new piercing.
Usually, activities such as brushing the teeth may prove excessively difficult in the first days or weeks after the piercing. However, it is still very crucial to maintain high levels of oral hygiene to prevent the piercing from getting infected. For this reason, you ought to rinse your mouth with salty water about 12 times daily. During the healing process, one should avoid.
- Oral sex
- Touching the area and kissing (this could cause infection)
- Products containing tea tree oil
- Hydrogen peroxide
If you must use mouthwash ensure that it is alcohol free. You ought to get a new toothbrush once you have a tongue piercing.
- It is estimated that about 14 % to 41% of people who get their tongue pierced experience some form of dental fractures.
- Tongue piercing have also been associated with receding gums, a condition referred to as periodontal disease. This is reported to happen to about 19% to 68% of people with tongue piercing. This is attributed to friction between the barbell and the gums of the lower teeth. This irritation is said to cause the gums to recede.
- Slurred speech is to be expected in the first few days after the tongue piercing has been inserted, especially when the tongue is swollen. However, the slurred speech is expected to subside gradually during healing. If a tongue piercing affects your speech, you ought to change the barbell to a smaller one.
- Biting on the barbell while eating, specifically metal barbells, can lead to cracking of the teeth
- If not handled properly, tongue piercing can lead to dental complications like fractured teeth and gum recession.
- The popularity of tongue piercings continues to rage on. If you want to gain a few instant cool points with total strangers, a tongue piercing is still a great way to do it.
There’s just something about them that makes you look slightly tougher than the average person. Maybe it’s the fact that you’re bold and brave enough to willingly have a needle stuck through your tongue.
Tongue rings are very stylish, and have been adorned by many including Janet Jackson, Drew Barrymore, Zara Phillips and Mel B. Getting it professionally done and having adequate aftercare is the goal to trouble-free piercing. In addition, tongue piercing heal extremely quickly, and if you opt to remove completely, the tongue will return to normal fast, without any tell-tale signs that you once had a piercing.