Oral piercings are getting more and more popular each year. While they are still not as popular as some other piercing types (earlobe piercing or navel piercing), they are among the most common piercing types.
Tongue piercings are very beautiful and you can find some truly gorgeous jewelry pieces to go with your tongue piercing. Not to mention that some people claim these piercings are functional when it comes to kissing and oral sex. It is not a secret that genital piercings can be used to enhance sexual pleasure, but a nice tongue piercing can help, too.
In order to enjoy your tongue piercing to the fullest, you need to know all about the procedure and all the possible risks. This is the only way to protect yourself and to avoid problems that may arise with a tongue piercing.
Are Tongue Piercings Dangerous?
One of the first thing many people as is whether tongue piercings are dangerous or not. The truth is that they can be harmless and very dangerous, and it all depends on the person who pierces you. If done correctly, tongue piercings are no more dangerous nor complicated than earlobe piercing. However, if you are pierced by an inexperienced piercer, there are some serious problems that may arise.
In order to avoid these problems, the key is to choose a reliable piercer who is not just professional and follows all the health and safety standards but is also knowledgeable and experienced in tongue piercings. You need someone who has a rich experience in performing this procedure.
This is the most important step: find a good professional. This person will know how to take care of the procedure and how to avoid all the possible complications that may arise from piercing a tongue.
Another way to avoid problems is to follow the aftercare instructions carefully. This is vital. You have to clean your piercing regularly and follow other aftercare instructions recommended by your piercer.
If you keep in mind these two tips (choosing an experienced piercer and follow aftercare instructions) you should not have problems with your tongue piercing.
Common Tongue Piercing Issues
There are some issues and problems that may arise with a tongue piercing, particularly if the procedure is not performed correctly. You need to be aware of these problems and you need to know how to recognize them in case you need to seek professional and medical help. Keep in mind that these problems don’t happen often if you choose a reliable piercer and if you follow the aftercare instructions, but it’s still useful to be informed about them.
Common problems with tongue piercings include:
- Excessive bleeding. Most of the time, it’s a consequence of inadequately performed procedure.
- Injuries to the mouth and teeth. Again, most of these occur as a consequence of inadequate procedure. However, some of them can happen due to inadequate aftercare. Some of these injuries occur later, as a result of people cracking or chipping their teeth with tongue jewelry.
- Infections. If a piercer follows safety measures, they rarely happen as a result of procedure. They usually occur when inadequate aftercare is performed.
In case some of these problems occur, it’s important to seek medical help immediately. In case of the infections, you will probably need to take antibiotic. In some of the cases, you will need to remove your tongue jewelry, which may leave scarring.
Some other problems you may face are: receded gums (as a result of the jewelry pushing against the front teeth) and teeth crowns being scratched. Sometimes, tongue jewelry can break certain tooth restorations, such as porcelain crowns.