Together with tattoos, piercing is one of the most popular types of body decoration. More and more people are choosing original earrings for piercing different places, especially the tongue. To learn all about tongue piercing, read this article carefully and then make your final decision.
Tongue piercing: pros and cons
Placing jewelry on the tongue is nothing new. It has been practiced since ancient times for a symbolic or religious purpose.
Today, what piercing is done on the tongue for is to impress others, to express one’s individuality, originality, to diversify one’s image. It is difficult to judge its attractiveness — there are both fans and staunch opponents.
Among the advantages of piercing and piercing the tongue, many call vivid sensations during kissing and sex.
Thanks to new technologies, the procedure is relatively painless. One or two energetic movements — and that’s it. No more sticking your tongue between slices of potatoes at home or applying ice from the freezer to make it less painful.
Now you can not be afraid of the appearance of allergies after piercing, because most of the jewelry used is made of surgical steel or other non-allergenic metal alloys. But before deciding on a tongue piercing, the pros and cons should be carefully weighed.
Experienced piercers say that a correctly set earring of the right size should not damage the teeth. But they do not mind that such decoration can cause or exacerbate already existing gum problems. If symptoms such as redness of the gums, visible gradual opening of the teeth, pain and increased sensitivity occur, the earring should be removed as soon as possible.
Dentists are sounding the alarm: more and more people with a puncture in the tongue turn to them with numerous damage to the tooth enamel (especially the upper and lower incisors) and with rapidly progressive gum recession (exposing the roots of the teeth). These are difficult-to-treat diseases of the oral cavity, requiring large financial costs.
The consequences after a tongue piercing are very dangerous for people with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders — there is a high risk of bleeding that will be difficult to stop. Another important contraindication is bacterial skin diseases (infection with staphylococcus, streptococcus). During the procedure, these bacteria can enter the bloodstream and infect the entire body. Some people may have an allergic reaction to the metals that make up jewelry alloys.
Tongue piercing: side effects and consequences
Chips and cracks in the teeth — tooth contact with metal can damage enamel, fillings and crowns;
gum injuries – jewelry can damage the soft tissues of the gums. The teeth become more exposed, look unattractive, and the root of the tooth is more susceptible to caries, disease and infection;
Infections — The human oral cavity is home to millions of bacteria and germs. Once pierced, they have direct access to blood. The risk increases if you frequently touch the earring with your fingers;
pain and swelling — after the operation, the tongue will recover in a few days. This cannot be avoided. In extreme cases, swelling of the tongue and difficulty in breathing may occur;
prolonged bleeding that is difficult to stop — when piercing the tongue, a blood vessel can be punctured;
blood-borne diseases — according to the WHO, piercing can be a factor in the transmission of hepatitis B, C, D and G;
Endocarditis – A piercing makes it easier for bacteria in your mouth to enter your bloodstream and heart.
When wearing earrings on the tongue, you need to pay attention to any changes, inflammation, pain (especially teeth). In case of problems, you should immediately consult a doctor.
How do tongue piercing
This is one of the most difficult and dangerous procedures. The main disadvantages of improper insertion of a tongue piercing are hemorrhage on the tongue or nerve palsy. Two large arteries and many nerves pass through the tongue.
Puncture requires delicacy, precision, great experience and manual labor. It consists in piercing the designated place with a needle as thick as the leg of a spike (this is a pointed element), and then correctly placing the earring in it.
Before the tongue is pierced, the skin around the piercing site is first disinfected, the injection site is marked and, holding the tongue with tweezers, pierce it.
There is a risk of infection transmitted through unsterilized skin piercing instruments with body piercings. If strict hygiene rules are not observed in the salon, you can become infected with the hepatitis B virus and the hepatitis C virus, HIV or staphylococcus aureus.
After tongue piercing, the puncture site may swell in the first days. It heals in about 1-5 weeks. Even if the earring takes root, it is necessary to constantly monitor that it does not damage the tooth enamel.
Since the tongue is a very sensitive place, therefore, when inserting an earring there, you need to be especially careful. During the first week after the procedure, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, dairy products and products containing salt should not be consumed.
Food is recommended in the form of puree and juice through a straw. This will minimize potential irritation. Rinse your mouth with antibacterial liquid, chamomile, or sage after eating something. During the healing period of the tongue, you should not kiss, as this can cause an infection.
The area around the earring is very difficult to clean. As a result, food debris can remain there, which can lead to infection, especially in a wound after a recent operation. First you need to thoroughly clean the earring area (remove it and clean the puncture site with a special brush with soft bristles). Antibacterial mouthwashes or saline should be used regularly. Gargles with sage or chamomile are also suitable, they have soothing properties. Without these actions, the tongue can quickly become infected and swollen.
All about tongue piercing: how to choose an earring
There are many varieties of tongue earrings in different sizes and colors on the market. You can buy them yourself. Their appearance depends on the puncture site.
The bar is the most common decoration for a vertical puncture. It fits perfectly and quickly takes root in the wound. But they also use segmental and spherical rings, bananas, horseshoes, spirals.
For side piercing and frenulum, half rings with a bead-tip are used.
An earring that is too long or hooked can cause oral health problems. Its length should be from 16 to 22 mm. If the size is too small, the earring will put a lot of pressure on the wound or grow into the skin. Fasteners must be smooth.
Masters recommend choosing the first earring made of titanium, surgical steel or other biocompatible metal. This ensures that it will not be rejected by the body, like any other foreign body. It should not contain nickel, which is a common allergen.
After the puncture has healed, you can choose a more beautiful piercing earring made of medical gold or silver in the Silvers online store and order it with delivery in Ukraine.