Body Piercing

Tongue Piercing

tongue piercing.jpgTongue 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. off-centre-piercing.jpg

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:

  • · pain
  • · post-placement swelling
  • · prolonged bleeding
  • · gum injury
  • · permanent numbness
  • · loss of taste
  • · oral hygiene problems

If you think you have weighed your pros and cons well… then you can go ahead and get yourself an attractive tongue piercing done… Best of Luck!

22 responses to Tongue Piercing

  1. I Just wanted to say I love your site. Mostly because you do actually show pros and cons. I was looking up tongue piercing information and just kept getting a lot of negative responses. So thanks for the Honsty

  2. Thank You for appreciating our site. Please keep visiting.

  3. Hi,
    I just got my tongue pierced last night and im rather worried as the front right side of my tongue near the tip is numb, the bottom part still has feeling, Im wondering if this is normal and if it will go away? I also feel as if the placing of the piercing is crooked, im not worried about that so much, more disappointed as Iv wanted to do this for nearly 5 years now, could you pls send me a quick msg back so I know not to worry?

    Thankx
    Vanessa

  4. Hey thank you much, this was very informative… i love piercings i have mi septum, mi libret and mi snakebites done and im thinking about egtting mi venom to finish off my mouth ensamble. This helped me out a lot im not quite as nervous about them now. Thank you

  5. I just want to say thank you, I currently have my tounge pierced and my dentist is telling me I should remove it… I feel so naked with out it in…… I love it, and I’ve had it for a long time, but the gums in my teeth aren’t looking very well. Thank you anyways… This helped me a lot…

  6. hi i was thinking about getting my tongue pierced. can anyone get their tongue pierced? i heard if there is veins or your tongue is too short then it can not be pierced is that true?

  7. if your bellybutton was rejected does that mean your tongue will too???

  8. cat said on March 3, 2009

    im thinking qbout getting my tongue pierced when im 18 in nyc on my trip. the problem is that my best froends said that you could get your tongue cut off because of infection. is that true?? my friends dad said he will rip it out as soon as i get it. has that happened to anyone? my friends says its gross but i really want to get it done because its cool and i can hide it from my parents so im hoping that they wont do anything
    about it.

  9. I also have the same issue as Vanessa. I got my tongue pierced and it was crooked. So I went back to the piercer and he took it out and pierced it again for me, then took it out and pierced it a third time. It was terribly painful. So it was swollen to say the least and then it got numb about three days ago and has been ever since. Someone told me that when the swelling went down the numbness would go away. I got it pierced about 5 days ago and the swelling has went down considerably but the numbness is still there.
    I thought about taking it out, but if it really is nerve damage that wouldn’t heal it… would it?
    Also I’m worried that the numbness could spread and interfere with certain activities I do with women considerably.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

  10. I also have the same issue as Vanessa. I got my tongue pierced and it was crooked. So I went back to the piercer and he took it out and pierced it again for me, then took it out and pierced it a third time. It was terribly painful. So it was swollen to say the least and then it got numb about three days ago and has been ever since. Someone told me that when the swelling went down the numbness would go away. I got it pierced about 5 days ago and the swelling has went down considerably but the numbness is still there.
    I thought about taking it out, but if it really is nerve damage that wouldn’t heal it… would it?
    Also I’m worried that the numbness could spread and interfere with certain activities I do with women considerably.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

    Thank you so much!

  11. kk, so if i have retainers on the top and bottom of my mouth … will that affect getting my tongue pierced. ?

  12. Bree said on May 18, 2009

    I got my tongue pierced on the 5th of may. it was great, didnt hurt at all, very little swelling. but on the 10th about 11pm, something didnt feel right and i had a strange taste in my mouth, so i went to rinse my mounth out with listerine (which i had been told to use by my piercer). i stuck my tongue out in front of the mirror and there was a little bit of blood, which i thought was strange, as i didnt have any bleeding, even immediately after piering.

    i washed my mouth out and was about to go to bed, when my tongue began to tingle. at first i decided not to worry about it, but about half an hour later, my entire mouth was numb, i was drooling un-controlably, i couldnt swallow or spit very well, and i felt very sick, cold and was extemely shaky.

    i ended up going to hospital and they removed it. :’(

    i’m not sure what or why this happened, but even though i had my tongue ring for less than a week, my mouth feels so empty, and im wondering if i should get it pierced again.

    i followed all of the instructions my piercer had given me, and i chose this paticular piercist as they were recommended by a friend, had been piercing for over 20 years, were qualified and had a great reputation. i havent been in contact with them about what happened yet.

  13. Man! I wish i had found this site a week ago. Yesterday i pierced my own tongue. which is ‘dangerous’ as everyone tells me but it wasnt spur of the moment. i knew where all my veins were. shined a light through it and everything. i took all the precautions necessary and even bought alcohol free mouthwash for some after care. i’d been practicing talking too lol considering my parents dont know. but anyway anyway. i like how this site isnt in your face THIS IS BAD. you tell us what could happen if it goes wrong and the positive outcomes. gracias.
    again: if only i had found it before. lol only by the grace of god is it okay.

    of course… i’ve done TONS of piercings. now i have more knowledge

  14. well, i just got my tounge peirced yesterday and it hurt me, i think it all depends on who you are and how you deal with pain…..and as for placement…they are always going to be crooked cuz you have veins on the bottom of ur tounge an u cnt peirce thru them

  15. Ok, first let me say, great and informative site. A great deal of helpful information, with lack of personal opinion. I have a decent amount of experience with tattoos and piercings. With that being said, let me say that everyone’s body is different. People are more or less sensitive to foreign bodies introduced to their system than others. What may be painless and problem free for one person, may be a complete nightmare for another. I’ve seen persons reject piercings and/or ink and I’ve seen people heal from nipple piercings (mostly the longest healing time for body piercings) in as little at a month. So it’s all about the individual. Also, just because one part of your body does well with a tattoo or piercing, doesn’t mean the rest of your body will follow suit. I guess it all depends what you are willing to risk for your planned body modifications. I personally plan on having my own nipples pierced and have considered my tongue as well. So take all the pros and cons listed here on this website into consideration and make absolutely sure you follow all of your after care instructions precisely. How you care for your tattoo/piercing can be the difference between that sexy eyebrow or labret piercing or an unsightly infected wound followed by heinous scarring.

  16. I just recently got my tongue pierced about 5 days ago and I love it but I do have numbness in the tip of my tongue and I was wondering if that would ever go away because it’s affecting my taste buds and I can’t taste anything on the tip of my tongue. Do u know if that’s permanent or not?

  17. I just got my tongue pierced yesterday and there was alot of blood. Well I woke up with a bad headache and my mouth is hurting really badly. I looked at it in the mirror and noticed that it looks like the bottom of the bar is closer to the front of my mouth then the top of it is. Is that normal or did she mess it up?

  18. Just want to say thank you so much for this website! I’ve been thinking about getting my tongue pierced and have been weighing the pro’s and con’s. Finally a website that wasn’t all personal opinion. I believe I’ll still get one. If anything does go wrong, I can always just take it out.

  19. I am 12. Na dbefore you judge me on anything no i do not plan on getting my tongue pierced now. I have done alot of medicam studies spacifically in swimming (life guard) so i think i might be able to answer some of you questions. Christine: The bottom bar is larger because it’s ment to leave space for your tongue to swell without making in uncomfortable. As you progress they will switch in your piercing with a smaller and more fit one. Alot of questions have been about numbness in their tongues. It won’t be permanent it’s just the way your body reacts to the foreign object being put in your tongue. Once the swelling goes down you will be fine, all the bleeding, drooling and numbness is happening because your body is trying to heal its self. I do plan on getting my tongue pierced when i’m 14 or 15 and the site was a great help. Hope i could answer your questions!

  20. Thank you for the Pros to tongue piercings. Everyone just kept saying “intimate pleasure and such”

    I wanted to see something else than that.

  21. heya is it normal for your tounge and around the ball meant to be a yellowy colour after 3 days

  22. Hey, i am a guy thinking of getting my tongue peirced. i just wanted to say this website really helped me make my decisions and sum up the “fors and againsts” the only thing im trying to work out is, i had Braces, some like to call them retainers etc, and i now have two wires behind my teeth. One being on the bottem and one being on the top. I’m wondering how getting a peircing will effect this and if i should turn away from getting it done. Hope someone has the time and knowledge to reply,
    Thankyou :D

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