Oral Piercing Aftercare Tips

Oral PiercingHere are some basic aftercare instructions for your oral piercings. As usual, the best thing to do is to listen to your piercer carefully and to apply all the aftercare measures your piercer recommends. This is yet another reason why you should always find an experienced, reliable piercer: you will need to be informed about all of the appropriate aftercare and safety measures you need to perform during healing.

Remember: healing time is crucial for your piercing. You need to perform adequate aftercare measures and to follow some common safety tips, to ensure your piercing heals nicely and without any problems.

Oral piercings are often tricky because part of the wound is typically located inside your mouth. As such, it may pose a problem, especially during eating and chewing. Oral piercings such as tongue piercing or labret piercings (lip, cheek) have to be cleaned carefully and a special measure should be taken not to damage the piercing during eating.

Cleaning Instructions

To clean your oral piercing, it’s best to use a gentle solution that will not cause harm to your piercing. At the same time, a solution you choose has to be strong enough to fully clean your piercing. It’s best to use a common saline solution suitable for all piercing types, or a special, gentle cleaner specially formulated to be used for healing oral piercings. Before you use any product, make sure it’s safe to be used for mouth rinsing.

To clean your piercing inside the mouth, rinse your mouth with the solution about 4-5 times a day. It’s important to rinse your mouth after every meal and before you go to bed. Make sure to rinse your mouth for at least 30-60 seconds.

At the same time, don’t overdo it. Cleaning and rinsing every half an hour will not help. In fact, it can only make your skin very sensitive and irritated.

For the exterior part of the piercing (such as exterior of the lip and cheek), you should clean using the saline solution or a special anti-bacterial soap. Before you start, make sure to wash your hands before you touch your piercing. You may apply saline solution 2-3 times a day but soap should not be used more than 1 to 2 times per day.

To clean, soak the piercing with the solution and then rinse. You need to rinse thoroughly if you choose to use an anti-bacterial soap. With a saline solution, even a quick rinse will do. Make sure to dry your piercing. You should pat gently to avoid hurting your piercing. Always use disposable paper products for this purpose: cloth towels can harbor bacteria.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips you should follow:

  • Make sure to use a new, relatively soft toothbrush. It’s also best to floss daily to avoid accumulation of bacteria.
  • Don’t forget to brush your teeth and apply mouth rinses after every meal.
  • You need to clean your jewelry, too. At first, you should brush the jewelry gently, to prevent damage to the healed piercing. Later, it’s important to brush the jewelry regularly at the same time as you brush your teeth and tongue. This is the only way to prevent accumulation of plaque.
  • Oral piercings tend to swell easily in the first couple of days. To reduce swelling and hotness, you can put a small piece of ice in the mouth and allow it to dissolve on its own.
  • When eating, make sure to do it slowly. Take small bites of the food and place them directly onto the molars. If you have a new tongue piercing, try to keep the tongue level in your mouth as you eat.
  • It’s best to avoid any strong, spicy food and alcohol. It will only damage your piercing and make it burn and hurt.
  • Cold foods and beverages may sometimes help reduce swelling, but don’t go overboard.
  • You piercing may seem healed well before the healing is complete. Remember, a piercing heals from outside in, so you should apply aftercare throughout the whole healing period.
  • Never play with your jewelry during the healing time! The only time when you should even touch your jewelry is during cleaning.
  • Avoid excessive talking or laughing during the first days. Opening your mouth too wide may damage your labret piercing because the inside of the labret can get caught on your teeth.
  • Stay away from any sexual contact (including French kissing) during the first stage of healing.
  • Don’t chew on pencils or other objects. You should also avoid chewing gum.
  • It’s important to change your initial jewelry with a shorter one as soon as the swelling is gone. Since this will happen during the healing time, it’s vital that you ask your piercer to do the jewelry change. Don’t even attempt to change your jewelry by yourself!

Popular Piercings and Jewelry Types

Titanium Star Curved Barbell

Titanium Star Curved Barbell

Piercing is a popular form of body modification and all enthusiast who love various piercing styles can enjoy many different types of jewelry. The choice of jewelry is often a very personal one. In a way, it will depend on the body part and the type of piercing you have. For example, certain piercing types require straight barbells as the basic form of jewelry while others require curved barbells, captive bead rings, flesh tunnels, etc. Generally speaking, though, most piercings can use many different types of body jewelry, so it’s often the question of one’s personal preferences and style.

Your body jewelry should suit you and make you express yourself in the best possible way. It should show who you are and it should be something you truly like and feel comfortable with. Many people have one style they stick to, while others like to experiment. Some people prefer simple body jewelry types while others go for more elaborate, complex designs. There is no right or wrong way to go here.

There are some popular piercing types and body parts many people choose to pierce, and these piercings often require a certain type of jewelry. Within these types, you are free to choose designs you like the most.

Earlobe

Earlobe piercing is the most common body piercing. It’s so common and socially accepted that it’s often not even considered body piercing in “true” sense. There are many types of earrings people like to wear in their earlobes, and the choice of designs and materials is endless. Rings, dangling jewelry types and other forms are popular.

Special type of earlobe piercing is a stretched earlobe piercing, erroneously known as “gauge”. These piercings are stretched to a larger size so a different type of jewelry can be worn in the stretched hole, such as ear plug, earlet, flesh tunnel, tusk, spiral, and others. These jewelry types are often made of organic materials and they can be very effective. The “trick” when choosing jewelry for stretched piercing is to always choose the correct gauge. Wrong size can put a pressure on your piercing and tear your earlobe, which can lead to infections and other problems. Therefore, before choosing a design you like, you need to make sure the jewelry is of a correct gauge and also made of a body-safe material you can wear safely.

Ear Cartilage

Heart Helix Cuff for Ear Cartilage Piercing

Heart Helix Cuff for Ear Cartilage Piercing

Various types of ear cartilage piercings are also popular. These piercings are suitable for many different jewelry types, so you can choose between rings or barbells, depending on your style. People who have multiple cartilage piercings often like to connect them with the same jewelry piece. The most popular form of this is the industrial piercing, usually connected by a long straight barbell, but there are other possibilities. Some people use spiraled barbells or chains to connect their cartilage piercings. Many jewelry types also incorporate dangling gems or pendants.

Navel

Navel piercing is one of the most popular forms of piercings. Jewelry used for this type of piercing is often known as “belly rings” or “navel rings”, even though the most popular jewelry type for this type of piercing is not a ring but a curved barbell. There are many curved barbell designs to choose from, such as simple surgical steel barbells with spherical balls or more elaborate designs with pendants, gems and other ornaments.

Another popular type of jewelry for this type of piercing is the actual ring. Captive bead rings are popular, but their downside is that they can get caught on clothing. Therefore, they are recommended only for fully healed piercings.

Nose

Certain types of nose piercings are very common. Nostril piercing, for example, is among the most popular forms of piercing. It is a relatively simple piercing and jewelry types used for this piercing are simple but very effective. Many people choose simple studs and nose screws with bright gems on top for nostril piercings. A good thing about this type of piercing is that it can be very understated and easy to hide for work and other occasions: all you need to do is to choose a flesh-colored nose plug or stud. Some people prefer to wear nose rings instead of studs and screws.

Another popular type of nose piercing is septum piercing. It is a bit more complex type of piercing but it’s very effective. There are many different jewelry designs suitable for this type of piercing, such as rings and curved barbells. Depending on the style, a septum piercing jewelry can be simple or bold and more pronounced.

Eyebrow

Another popular piercing location is the eyebrow. Eyebrow piercing can look very beautiful and effective, but the downside is that eyebrow piercing tends to be very sensitive. Remember, eyebrow piercing is basically a surface piercing, which means there’s a relatively high risk of migration and rejection.

Also, this type of piercing has a high risk of becoming infected. For this reason, it’s important to choose jewelry carefully and with some consideration. Make sure to pick a body safe jewelry material and a jewelry suitable to be worn in an eyebrow piercing without a problem. Simple barbells look effective and they don’t pose much problems. Rings are another popular choice but you need to be careful not to make them caught on the clothing or hair.

Lips and Tongue

Titanium Micro Labret

Titanium Micro Labret

Many people choose to get their lips and tongue pierced. These piercings are very common but it’s important to be careful because of the sensitive tissue. Also, another risk associated with this type of piercings come from the fact lips and tongue regularly come in contact with food, so it’s another thing to keep in mind.

Generally speaking, lip piercings usually use labrets. This is a perfect jewelry type for this form of piercing. It’s effective but relatively simple and it doesn’t interfere with eating or brushing your teeth. However, labrets are not the only jewelry type used for lip piercings; many people prefer to use rings and other jewelry types.

Tongue piercing is more complex and the healing time is longer, so it requires special attention. Jewelry used for tongue piercing must be made of high-quality, body safe materials because it comes in contact with sensitive tissue.

Genital Piercing

While not as common as other type of body piercings, genital piercing has many proponents. Both men and women choose different types of genital piercings and jewelry types. As a general rule, jewelry worn in a genital piercing must be made of a high quality, body-safe material. Most jewelry types are relatively simple in design and have a smooth surface so they don’t pose a problem while walking or sitting. One advantage of genital piercing is that it can be used to enhance sexual pleasure for both partners.

Common Piercing Myths

Tongue Piercing There are some common piercing myths many people believe in. To enjoy your piercing, it’s important to know the truth and disregard these common misconceptions.

Some of the most common piercing myths include:

Nipple piercings prevent breast feeding. Nipple has numerous milk ducts and piercing damages only a few of them. In other words, you can easily breast feed with your nipple piercing. Warning: it’s strongly advisable to remove the jewelry during feeding so the baby won’t get hurt on the jewelry. Other than that, nipple piercings don’t prevent breast feeding.

Oral piercings always lead to infections. If your piercing is done by a professional, if you follow aftercare instructions and if you use body-safe jewelry, you won’t get an infection. Tongue and mouth are sensitive so they may be slightly irritated by certain food or beverages (such as alcohol), so this is why it’s not recommend to consume these foods or beverages during the healing process. However, it doesn’t mean that these piercings are prone to infection – it all depends on the aftercare. Most people never experience any problems.

Belly piercing is a problem during pregnancy. Pregnancy itself doesn’t affect your belly piercing. However, you need to think about the jewelry. Certain types of jewelry may cause discomfort during pregnancy or can’t be worn with a pregnant belly. This is why it’s important for all pregnant women to use special navel retainers or soft jewelry made for use during pregnancy. These jewelry types are soft and flexible, so they can be safely worn during pregnancy.

Multiple piercings can cause allergies. The allergies are caused by improper jewelry materials, so this is why all professional piercers and jewelry stores stick to body-safe materials only. Certain materials are safe to be used, such as titanium, niobium or high-quality surgical (not stainless) steel. Certain other materials, such as 14k nickel-free gold are also safe for most users. The number of piercings won’t cause the allergy, as long as the materials used are body-safe.

Piercing gun is a quick, safe way to get pierced. Piercing guns are damaging for your body and most professional piercers never use them. Piercing guns increase the chance for infection and damage the tissue, so it’s best to avoid them.

Body jewelry should be rotated during the healing process. This is an old myth, but it brings nothing good. You should not rotate your jewelry during the healing process. It will destroy the gentle healing tissue and actually put the dirt back in the piercing hole. The best aftercare is to clean your piercing with a saline solution and leave it alone. You should not touch your jewelry during healing, except to clean it.

Body jewelry sets off metal detectors. It depends on the jewelry used. There are many non-magnetic jewelry materials or jewelry not made of metal. These types of jewelry are safe to use with metal detectors.

Tongue piercing damages your taste buds. A tongue piercing won’t affect your ability to taste. Taste buds are numerous and they are constantly being replaced.

Tongue Jewelry

Single Captive Straight Barbell

One of the best things about tongue piercing and jewelry is that they make kissing super sensual. Same goes for oral sex – a strategically placed tongue with unique jewelry can go a long way. Some people are real experts when it comes to arousing kissing and giving oral sex. Both men and women can be stimulated with the help of arousing tongue jewelry.

Tongue piercing can provide visual stimulation during oral sex and it can also enhance the sensation, especially if a person is skilled. Licking and sucking on the glans feels different, especially when jewelry rubs against penis. Ladies who receive oral can experience new sensations if their lover runs jewelry across their clit. It’s even better if tongue is inserted into vagina. This way, jewelry can rub against vaginal walls. It provides very arousing sensations, especially if jewelry is smooth but large. There are even special vibrating tongue rings people wear to enhance oral sex.

Popular Jewelry

Probably the most common tongue piercing jewelry are straight barbells. They are both very effective and provide unique aesthetics. You can choose one based on a desired gauge and length. There are classic straight barbells made of surgical steel. These barbells are elegant and they come in many different ball sizes. The balls are smooth and provide comfortable feeling for your partner during oral sex. You may use pressure and rubbing to intensify sensations for your partner if you wish to use your piercing for your partner’s arousal.

Another popular type are jeweled barbells. They look beautiful and they truly make your tongue piercing different. You may choose between a wide range of different jewels, colors and sizes to suit your preferences. These will provide different sensations for your partner during oral sex.

Unique Types

Finally, there are also unique types of tongue barbells you can choose for the best effect and originality. Some barbells are made with ornaments on ends or unique decoration. This is a great way to have your unique tongue jewelry.

There are many unique shaped ball designs you can try. This is another great way to personalize your tongue piercing and to make it unique. You don’t have to settle for plain-looking ball designs: there is a wide offer of unique barbell balls and tongue rings. You may choose balls with sexy messages and vivid colors or you may opt for uniquely-shaped barbell balls. For example, you may choose a dice barbell.

Another interesting choice is a straight barbell with classic balls but with an addition of a single captive ring. What’s great about this piece is that it’s two in one: you may wear it as a plain barbell or with a ring, depending how you like. You may also wear the ring and let the barbell hang through. There are many different affects you can achieve with this piece of jewelry.

Tongue Splitting – The Wilder Body Modifications

Body modifications have changed rapidly over the years. Modifications that used to be taboo are now greatly accepted. Tongue bifurcation or tongue splitting was not well known in the 90’s, however, now in this day and time almost everyone has at least heard of it and a lot of people have done it. Body modification enthusiasts get this alteration done for many of their own personal reasons.

 

There are a few different methods in which a forked tongue can be achieved. The safest, most recommended procedure is done by an oral surgeon. This procedure can cost anywhere between $500 and $3000. The doctor that does the procedure will use anesthesia and a laser to bifurcate the tongue. The laser cauterizes the tongue as it splits it, which prevents excessive bleeding.  This procedure is usually only 15 minutes long. Healing time usually only takes about one to two weeks.

 

 

Tie-off is another method that is used. This involves the tongue already being pierced and healed completely. Dental floss or sutures are used to tie a loop centrally along the tongue. Over time the loop has to be tied tighter and tighter. This process takes a while and can be very uncomfortable. Most people will make it half way and decided to cut the rest of the way to the tip of the tongue with a blade. Gauging the already healed tongue with either a larger barbell or multiple barbells also can be done to help split the tongue.

 

 

Cutting the tongue with a blade or scalping is another process that can be done. However, this is the bloodiest way the tongue can be split.  There are large blood vessels that run through the tongue, this being said, cauterizing the tongue while it is being split is the best way to stop the bleeding. Cauterizing the tongue can be very painful. Suturing the split tongue is very popular because it makes the tongue look more rounded which looks more “normal”. 
The Risks Involved
Tongue splitting does have risk like all other body modifications. Severe bleeding can occur if the process is not done in a controlled professional environment. After the process is done the heal time can last up to a month. Swelling and tenderness is definitely not uncommon. Talking and eating will be very difficult at first, until the tongue is healed. Preventing infection is a major factor. It is not recommended to smoke after this process is done before it heals.

 

It is not uncommon that the tongue will regenerate after it is split. Its part of the body’s natural response to an open wound; heal it. After the initial split, the tongue will start to re-grow back together, even up to a year later. To prevent the tongue from growing back together, sometimes it is necessary to keep the wound open. This can be done by taking the smooth part of a Q-tip and placing it in-between the spit tongue periodically. The best way to help prevent re-growth before the split is done, is by gauging a tongue piercing to a lager gauge and allowing it to heal completely. This way the tongue is already “prepared” to stay open to the spot where the tongue ring once was.

 

Tongue Piercing – The Right Way

A 15 year old girl from UK was in news* recently for getting her tongue pierced. Due to profuse bleeding she had to be rushed to a hospital and now the girl has trouble speaking clearly. Before you get your tongue pierced, know the right way of going about it.

*Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/1048118/teen-rushed-to-hospital-after-tongue-piercing

Tongue piercing is perhaps more popular than labret piercing, especially among teenagers who don’t want to get caught with an upfront piercing. So if you are one of those bitten by the piercing bug and ready to go under the needle, read through the simple steps below:

  • Always go to a certified piercer and don’t lie about your age! Even if your mind is all ready to take the plunge think about your body. There’s a reason why there is an age limit for body piercing.
  • Use nickel free body jewelry to minimize the risk of infections and other allergies.
  • Follow the body piercer’s instructions instead thinking you know better. Now obviously you don’t argue with anyone with a needle but still hear out all the before and after instructions carefully and understand them.
  • It’s better to go to a renowned piercing parlor with no bad press or lawsuits in its history.

Tongue piercing is cool so don’t make it look dreadful. Also don’t lose out on your gift of gab over an avoidable goof up.

Tongue and Labret Piercings – Rising in Popularity

Why the sudden rise in the popularity, you ask? Because people swear that these increase sexual stimulation for both partners, and apparently also make the kissing experience more enjoyable. So if you are one of the many, many people out there who want to go in for a piercing which increases the pleasure factor, but do not want a genital piercing, these might be the very answer you are looking for!

Tongue and labret piercings have been around for quiet sometime but have recently surged in popularity. These heal fast (2-5 weeks), jewelry choices are many and reportedly very effective for inducing sexual stimulation. Continue reading

Tongue Piercing can be a Pain in the Wallet

Novelty Icon Straight Barbell

Novelty Icon Straight Barbell

And your Dentists favorite piercing issss, The Tongue Piercing! The tongue piercing by far is a dentist’s nightmare (or Brand New Boat) depending on how you look at it :-).
There are many added dangers that come along with this piercing that are not present with some others, such as tooth abrasion, broken teeth, impairment of speech &/or eating, oral infections, Septicemia , Gingival Recession, Sialorrhea, risk of inhaling loose piercing balls.

But yet we still choose to do this to ourselves. If you decide to get this piercing done, please take the proper precautions so that you are not putting yourself in undue danger.

After the initial piercing is done you have to wait for the swelling to go down, and during this time you will have a longer then normally necessary barbell to make room for the swelling. As soon as you can after all swelling is gone and the piercing has healed, change to a shorter barbell. The longer straight barbell, is much more likely to rub on your gums or teeth or be bitten accidentally. The shorter the better, without being tight or even snug. Acrylic Barbells are great to use because they will not do nearly as much damage to your teeth if any. So think about going to the Acrylic Barbells or at least the Acrylic Balls. Also always check your balls regularly on your barbell so that you do not end up swallowing them. Always have replacement balls available as losing one is not uncommon at all. They usually do not cause any additional problems, but they can, and they have no good flavor added at all.

The tongue piercing can be a very fun and exciting piercing, just beware the risky that come along with it. Be safe and enjoy.