Tongue Piercing aka Venom Piercing or Viper bites, is the latest ‘in thing’. Its provocative and intriguing appeal has many youngsters hooked to it to enhance their looks and make a fashion statement. People find these as the benefits of Tongue Piercing -
- It doesn’t restrict the body movement because of its location unlike other piercing.
- It is discrete and wont attract unwanted attention.
- It adds pleasure to intimate moments.
- Heals faster than many other piercings.
A tongue piercing, might sound to be extremely painful, considering the kind of sensitive area a tongue is, but there is nothing to worry about. An experienced and qualified piercer would just slips the needle through the striated muscles of the tongue avoid blood vessels, just like a tailor slips a needle through the fabric.
Before you risk your tongue to a piercer, make sure that he has an Association of Professional Piercer’s Certificate. This would mean that you are in safe hands of a Certified Piercer. Another important precaution would be that you make sure that the needle used comes off a sealed package.
The first tongue barbell put within the piercing, is usually made up of implant quality stainless steel that does not cause any foreign body reaction on your tongue. It is important to note that the size of this barbell is slightly longer than you might have seen on your friend’s tongue. This is because the longer barbell gives room for the initial swelling and lessens the discomfort. When the swelling is reduced you can get a shorter barbell fixed.
A normal Tongue piercing would take 4-6 weeks to fully heal during which you will be advised against having any solid food, smoking and oral sex. You would require to rinse your mouth thoroughly with a particular antiseptic mouthwash recommended by your certified piercer.
You may also have to excuse yourself from talking, since the tongue would remain swelled up for about 3-4 days after piercing leaving your tongue movements uncoordinated. The swelling and numbness would completely mess up your phonetics.
There is a misconception that the mouth is dirty and tongue and oral piercings are more prone to infection and will take longer than other piercings to heal. But the truth is that it is almost impossible to develop an infection because your saliva contains enzymes like Ptyalin and Lingual antimicrobial Peptide (LAP) which are anti bacterial.
Most mouth jewelry takes the form of removable studs, hoops or barbell-shaped devices that are purchased commercially. Dentists are often the first to note any harmful effects resulting from the piercing process or the jewelry itself, such as fractures or cracks in the tooth structures caused by a metallic barbell stud. Additional negative effects include:
- Â· pain
- Â· post-placement swelling
- Â· prolonged bleeding
- Â· gum injury
- Â· permanent numbness
- Â· loss of taste
- Â· oral hygiene problems
If you think you have weighed your pros and cons wellâ€¦ then you can go ahead and get yourself an attractive tongue piercing doneâ€¦ Best of Luck!